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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jacob Vaughan’s 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, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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