Two indie feature films with strong ties to New England are in theaters this week.
New Hampshire native Chris Stinson co-produced the Sundance hit film Terri, which opened in the Boston area this past weekend. (The film’s other producers also brought us Half Nelson and Blue Valentine.)
Screenings continue this week at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge and the West Newton Cinema in West Newton, MA.
Terri was directed by Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man) and was inspired by a series of short stories by novelist Patrick deWitt.
According to a synopsis on the Kendall’s website, the film centers on “the relationship between Terri (Jacob Wysocki), an oversized teen misfit and the loquacious but well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) who reaches out to him.”
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody calls Terri “one of the hippest films about teen-agers ever made, in a distinctive and primal sense: it doesn’t reflect a knowing sense of fashion or pop culture, but of life itself.” Here’s a link to the Boston Globe’s review.
Full disclosure: I worked as 2nd Assistant Director on this movie.
The film tells the story of a young man with Down Syndrome who tries to win the love of a small town single mother.
It stars Massachusetts native Evan Sneider – who is believed to be the first actor with Down Syndrome ever to play the lead role in a feature film – as well as Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Shannon Woodward (ABC TV’S Raising Hope). The trailer is on iTunes.
GIRLFRIEND is playing this week at Manhattan’s Quad Cinema and the movie will have its Massachusetts premiere at the Woods Hole Film Festival on August 5th.
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