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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine

Maris Curran’s directorial debut might be a longshot for Sundance….at least for the 2015 edition. The drama which has its character set wrestle with isolation, grief and loss went into production late summer in the titular north-eastern state with a  cast comprised of Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez and career-year actor David Oyelowo toplining with a supporting players in the shape of Teyonah Parris, Stephen Henderson and Hani Furstenberg (seek her out in Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet). Five Nights in Maine has found early supporters from the likes of San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant, Cinereach and found some tender loving care from Kickstarter back in 2011. If the project is sprinter speed force in the post-production phase then we might not have to wait until 2016.

Gist:  This follows Sherwin (Oyelowo), a man reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law (Wiest), who is herself confronting guilt over her daughter’s death.

Production Co./Producers: Curran, Loveless’ Carly Hugo and Matt Parker (Bachelorette) Curran, Yoruba Saxon Productions’ David Oyelowo. Executive Producers: Steven M. Ballerini (Love is Strange), Walker Deibel, Inphenate’s Glenn Rigberg (Struck by Lightning). Co-Producer: Drew P. Houpt (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)).

Prediction: The word “drama” means … U.S. Dramatic Competition. Fall film festival circuit is a strong possibility.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. CAA (domestic) TBD (international)

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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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