2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jacob Vaughan’s Milo

Jacob Vaughan Milo

Before directing his debut feature film this past July in Los Angeles, Jacob Vaughan (pictured above) came from a background in editing (working for Duplass Bros. projects including the Sundance accepted Baghead, Cyrus and Black Rock). Coming across like a twisted version of The Beaver, Milo is a comedic horror film featuring Ken Marino in the lead alongside Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Mary Kay Place.

Gist: Penned by Vaughan & Benjamin Hayes, this centers on a man (Marino) with intense stomach trouble who learns to his horror that he has a demon living in his intestines. When he gives it permission to come out during a therapy session, the man names it Milo and tries to live a life in which he, not his demon, is in charge. Jacobs will play Marino’s wife, and one of the stresses in his life. Stormare plays the man’s shrink.

Production Co./Producers: New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan and John Suits, Adele Romanski (The Myth of the American Sleepover) and the Duplass brothers.

Prediction: Park City at Midnight and/or a SXSW showing.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)