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Chad Hartigan Puffing Away on Third Feature; “Morris From America” Set for Fall Start

Much like his past collaborator in Land Ho! (starring Paul Eenhoorn) filmmaker Aaron Katz, Chad Hartigan is not restricting his films to Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land topography. Reported by Variety’s Guy Lodge, the Luke and Brie Are on a First Date and This is Martin Bonner helmer is moving eastward into Berlin, Germany for a third feature film that he described as, a “part coming-of-age tale, part fish-out-of-water” type of narrative. Shooting is set for a September start with some German backing involved.

Gist: This centres around an overweight African-American child living in small-town Germany who falls for a local girl.

Worth Noting: The Next section-Sundance selected This is Martin Bonner was the winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. It travelled the fest circuit including my coverage of last year’s 48th Karlovy Vary film fest.

Do We Care?: I couldn’t help think of Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, but it appears that Hartigan is relating this to some personal travelogs.

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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