With the summer movie season kicking off this week with the first of many expensive spectacles, those looking for smaller and more intimate human stories to enjoy may want to check out Beneath the Harvest Sky, the debut by Maine filmmakers Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly, which explores the lives of young people in a rural area in the Northeast.
It stars Ethan Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) and Callan McCauliffe (The Great Gatsby) as lifelong friends Casper and Dominick who only want to get out of their hometown of Van Buren, Maine as quickly as possible, finding different paths to make the money needed to do so. Casper starts to work with his criminal father Clayton (Aidan Gillen from “Game of Thrones”) to smuggle drugs across the Canadian border, while dealing with the fact that his girlfriend Tasha (Zoe Levin) has told him she’s pregnant, as Dominick tries to stay on the straight and narrow while working on a potato farm.
The movie played as part of last week’s Tribeca Film Festival and is available on VOD in some areas before its theatrical release in others. ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with the filmmakers and the two stars for the following video interviews:
Emory Cohen & Callan McCauliffe
Even spending a few minutes with them, there’s little question of the chemistry between the two actors who come from very different backgrounds than their characters, both born and raised in cities–Cohen in New York City, McCauliffe in Sydney, Australia–but their embodiment of the roles they play in Beneath the Harvest Sky is both a testament to their acting as it is to the vivid writing by filmmakers Gaudet & Pullapilly.
Writer/Directors Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly
Having already been cited on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch” list, married couple Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly come from a news and documentary background, something they bring to the table in following the lives of disassociated youths trying to escape their hometown doldrums.
Beneath the Harvest Sky is now playing On Demand and will get a theatrical run starting in New York City on Friday, May 2.