Maine-made movie gets local preview
Midcoast cinema fans know Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly from their appearances at the Camden International Film Festival, mostly notably screening “The Way We Get By” as a work-in-progress to open CIFF 2008; the film went on to great exposure via public television’s “POV.”
The pair, named two of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2013, are making their narrative feature debut with “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” an official selection at both the 2014 Tribeca and 2013 Toronto International film festivals. The Maine-made, small-town thriller about childhood friends sucked into a drug smuggling operation at the Maine-Canada border will have a week’s run at both Belfast’s Colonial Theatre and Rockland’s Strand Theatre.
The run at the Colonial, 156 High St., Belfast, begins Friday, April 25, and runs through May 1; visit colonialtheater.com or call 338-1930 for the screening schedule. Tribeca Film will give the Gotham Independent Film Award-winners’ small-town feature a select theatrical release nationwide beginning May 2. The film will be screened at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, Saturday through Wednesday, May 3 through 7. The filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A following the May 4 shows; visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070 for screenings schedule.
Bar Harbor residents Gaudet and Pullapilly have spent more than 10 years capturing stories in Maine. Their 2009 Emmy-nominated documentary “The Way We Get By” profiled the Maine Troop Greeters of Bangor.
“As Maine-based filmmakers, we are so fortunate to have the support of the community to champion us as artists,” Pullapilly said. “We can’t wait for people in Maine to see the film. We hope we made them proud.”
The nonrated film was written and directed by Gaudet and Pullapilly, who also produced with Kavita Pullapily, and stars an ensemble of rising talents. “Beneath the Harvest Sky” tells the story of Casper (Emory Cohen) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe), two best friends fiercely loyal to one another, as they come of age in a small farming town in Maine. During harvest break, Casper is drawn into smuggling drugs across the Canadian border with his outlaw father, Clayton (Aiden Gillen). Meanwhile, Dominic works his final potato harvest, hoping to earn the money he needs to buy a car and take them away towards a better future. But with Casper’s life unraveling before their eyes, their friendship and loyalty are put to the test as they are forced to mature and make very adult decisions that will forever alter the course of their lives.
The film’s running time is 116 minutes. For more information about “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” visit its Facebook page.