Michael Cera, best known for his loveable geek characters in “Arrested Development” and “Kick Ass,” is also a songwriter.
Cera wrote the original song “Best I Can” for the documentary “Dina,” which screened at Sundance earlier this year. In fact, it won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the festival.
The official synopsis reads:
“Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.”
Cera wrote the song after attending a screening of the film. He explained his process in this way:
“‘Best I Can’ was put together in a few different stages. What I wanted to do most was to write a song with Dina and Scott’s narrative in mind that still had a universal feeling or message in it. Once the song was written it was time to do the recording which took place in an impossibly hot basement over the hottest few weeks of the summer. The instrumentation of the song consists mainly of a drum machine and a Roland Jupiter 4 synthesizer, and Sharon Van Etten’s voice. Sharon is my partner in renting out the swelteringly hot basement rehearsal space, and she very kindly agreed to sing the main part.”
Co-director Antonio Santini explained that the original song was selected to play during the film credits. Ultimately, they realized they didn’t have a spot for it in the final cut. They decided to create a music video for the song. Santini said it was “for it to give its own life, as an extension of Dina’s world, and in appreciation of Michael’s work.”
“Dina” will be released in select theaters on October 6.