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Third Responder: Katherine Waterston Added to Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s “Black Flies”

Third Responder: Katherine Waterston Added to Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s “Black Flies”

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire‘s Black Flies (a project that has been kicking around for a while now) has officially went into production this week in NYC – and we’re learning that Katherine Waterston was added to complete a trio of topliners Tye Sheridan and Sean Penn — who replaced the previously attached Mel Gibson. The Black List project book to film project based on the novel by Shannon Burke was most recently adapted by Ryan King and Ben Mack Brown. Sauvaire’s earlier work falls in the docu sphere and he moved to features with Cannes Film Festival selected Johnny Mad Dog (2008) and, A Prayer Before Dawn (2017).

This follows the paramedics who save our lives—and the toll it inflicts on theirs. It is an immersive view of life on the streets and one medic’s struggle to maintain his desire to help despite his growing fear that nothing he can do will make a difference. It is the story of lives that hang in the balance and the choices of two men caught in the middle. Ollie Cross (Sheridan) is ready to do good. In preparation for his dream of medical school, he hits the streets driving an ambulance alongside Rutkovsky (Penn), a grizzled veteran and one of New York’s best medics.

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 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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