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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kyle Wilamowski’s Grass Stains

He has a etched his name on a couple of Sundance entries as a musical adviser on Snow Angels and as a key production assistant in 3 Backyards and finally, Kyle Wilamowski will get to premiere his debut sometime in 2014. Percolating for almost seven years, Wilamowski secured a little Kickstarter coin to develop the project furthermore and it really has been in this past year where the film took shape. This summer, the first time filmmaker managed to land his young lead protag in Tye Sheridan (who before this made his first three feature film appearances with Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols and David Gordon Green) and hit North Carolina terrain.

Gist: This is a coming of age drama about Conrad Stevens (Sheridan), a fifteen year old teenage boy growing up in small town America. When an innocent prank leads to the accidental death of the older brother of Conrad’s first girlfriend, Grace Turner (Kaitlyn Dever) — Conrad and his two best friends leave the scene of the accident to try and flee their responsibility. But when they do just that, Conrad is racked with guilt and throws himself in the middle of Grace’s mourning family in an attempt to make up for everything he’s done wrong.

Production Co./Producers: Haven Ent.’s Matt Perniciaro (A Band Called Death), Kevin Mann, and Rachel Miller, Deckplate Films’ Steve Olivera and Michael Sherman.

Prediction: A slim but not impossible chance to crack the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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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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