Now starting his sixth season of playing Ted Mosby, the titular "I" in "How I Met Your Mother," Bexley native Josh Radnor is a TV star.

Now starting his sixth season of playing Ted Mosby, the titular "I" in "How I Met Your Mother," Bexley native Josh Radnor is a TV star.

But since making his only big-screen appearance in the humble role of Tour Guide in the teen parody "Not Another Teen Movie," Radnor has found film roles to be elusive. So he did the next best thing and wrote his own movie, the indie relationship dramedy "Happythankyoumoreplease."

"I initially wrote it as an actor," he said. "I wanted to create a nice role for myself in a movie. In my spare time, I found that I was mostly writing this script. I had three big ideas and just wove them together. It worked out nicely as a tapestry about young people and relationships."

The film focuses on six young New Yorkers as they largely fumble their way through life. Radnor stars as Sam, a struggling novelist who befriends a young foster child on the subway and has a relationship with a waitress/cabaret singer named Mississippi (played by "Brokeback Mountain's" Kate Mara).

In addition to writing and starring in the film, Radnor is also making his debut as a director, although when he was writing the script during the first few seasons of "Mother," he had no intentions of taking on that role as well.

"I always had a hazy idea that I'd like to be a director, but I didn't think it'd happen so soon," he said. "I'm just happy that I got that first movie done and out of the way."

The film screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, but it'll make its theatrical debut in Radnor's hometown at the Drexel in Bexley, thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit group Friends of the Drexel.

And Radnor will be in attendance, along with producer Jesse Hara, also from Bexley. He said they always hoped to bring the film to Columbus and are happy that the Drexel will host the premiere.

"I grew up, like, a block away from the Drexel," he said. "I've seen more movies there than anywhere else."