BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The full-length, independent movie "Beneath The Harvest Sky" was created by a Bar Harbor couple and filmed in Van Buren, and it's now generating a lot of buzz. The film depicts two best friends who are desperate to get out of their small town and decide to pool their money to buy a car and leave. But one of the teens gets pulled into smuggling drugs to make money and the boys face decisions and challenges they weren't ready for.
"To me, I connect with it because I grew up in a small town in Maine and dreamed of something bigger and that's the heart of the story, these two kids that kind of want to go out and forge this path to some future," said co-writer and co-director, Aron Gaudet
Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly wanted to make their home state proud when they released their film "Beaneath The Harvest Sky." They knew they wanted to film their movie in Maine, but at first they couldn't decide where.
Gaudet said, "We decided to just drive up to Northern Maine and we thought it could make a good setting for a film, we weren't really sure of a lot about it and went up there and stumbled across Van Buren."
To make sure the film felt authentic, there was no shortage of research done.
"We would make trips to Van Buren and trips to northern Maine and talk with everyone," Gaudet said.
Even the actors would spend time in Van Buren researching to make sure they had their roles just right.
"People think like did you find him in Aroostook County? Because he just seems like he's from the county, he's just like this so full-on county kid," said Gaudet of actor Emory Cohen.
The research and the commitment to making a movie is a difficult and time consuming process, but it all becomes worth it once the audience finally sees the film.
"We're story teller at the end of the day and for people to truly experience and enjoy a story that we're telling is the most gratifying experience you can ever have," said co-writer and co-director, Pullapilly.
The film, premiered at the Toronto Internationial Film Festival last year and was at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
It opens theatrically on May second. But there is an exclusive premiere in Bangor tomorrow at the Bangor Mall Cinemas as well as several other cinemas across the state.
Below are the dates and locations of in-state and just outside of the state movie premieres.
April 25 Bar Harbor, ME Reel Pizza Cinerama
April 25 Portland, ME Nickelodeon Cinemas
April 25 Waterville, ME Railroad Square Cinema
April 25 Bangor, ME Bangor Mall Cinemas
April 25 Caribou, ME Caribou Theatres
April 25 Bucksport, ME Alamo Theatre
April 25 Belfast, ME Colonial Theatre
April 25 Houlton, ME Temple Theater
May 2 New York, NY Cinema Village
May 8 Hartford, CT The Wadsworth Atheneum
May 9 New Haven, CT Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas
May 9 Rockland, ME Strand Theatre
May 9 Santa Fe, NM Jean Cocteau Cinema
May 21 Stonington, ME Stonington Opera House