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Poland’s American Film Fest’s US in Progress Wrocław to Showcase Latest from Matt Porterfield and Lance Edmands

Formerly going by the workshop title of Gotham in Progress, Poland’s third American Film Festival’s US in Progress Wrocław (2 day event) will see six new U.S. indie projects currently in post-prod from the likes of helmers we’ve profiled here on the site in Matt Porterfield (see still above for I Used To Be Darker) and Lance Edmands. The fest which runs next month (Nov 13-18) attracts several European buyers and fest programmers from Berlin, Cannes and Locarno, and don’t be surprised if we end up profiling a handful of these titles in Park City next January.

A Song Still Inside by Gregory Collins (prod. Patricia Beaury & Rodrigo Lopresti)
Mike is an actor. Or he used to be. Or he still could be. Except Maggie is also an actor, and a more successful one at that. As Maggie books bigger and bigger roles – and works longer and longer hours – Mike is left at home taking care of their newborn son. With Maggie wearing the pants, Mike struggles to feel like the man in the family. So, about to miss yet another audition due to Maggie’s schedule, Mike makes a life-changing mistake: he leaves their son alone and goes anyway.

Bluebird by Lance Edmands (prod. Kyle Martin)
In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman’s tragic mistake leads to unexpected consequences, shattering the delicate balance of her community.

Cantuckee by Kimberly Levin (prod. Kurt Pitzer)
Set in a rural community in Kentucky, Land of Tomorrow tells the story of Betty, a wife and mother who fights to save her family’s farm-supply business. When her husband Frank falls ill and their son Finley gets into college, the financial pressures become too much, and Betty commits an unthinkable crime for the sake of her loved ones.

Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (prod. Matthew Petock)
This explores the fleeting and ephemeral experiences of two young brothers growing up in the rural Northeast, following them as they confront friendship, responsibility, death and adolescence.

I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield (prod. Steve Holmgren & Ryan Zacharias)
When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore.

Milkshake by David Andalman (prod. Mariko Munro)
This is an off-beat comedy about racial identity and teen sex in America in the mid-1990s. Against the backdrop of Tupac, OJ, baggy jeans, and the explosion of rap music across the suburbs, we follow Jolie Jolson, who wants to be something he can and will never be – black.

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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