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Last Exit to Brooklyn: Fort Tilden Hitches a Ride with Orion Releasing

Emblematic of the protracted journey that its clueless protagonists embark on, almost 365 days since it premiered, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner will have travelled far and wide until finally landing a suitor. Starring Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty, IndieWIRE reports that Fort Tilden will receive a theatrical/multi-platform/VOD release this August via the relaunched Orion Releasing label.

Gist: Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon.

Worth Noting: Look out for cameos from the filmmaker-tandem. They play Idiot 1 and Idiot 2.

Do We Care?: While it’s received a mix critical response, the hipster travel-comedy has broken the seal with a healthy American indie film fest life so far with post SXSW stops at ND/NF, The Wassaic Project and Montclair Film Fest. We look forward in discovering this item and it’s terrible twosome later this year.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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