About this project

Dear friends, present and future, near and far,

I find myself in a position to ask for your support. On August 1st, I hope to begin production on my third feature film, I USED BE DARKER.

It’s a project I’m very proud of, my first co-written screenplay, featuring more awesome Baltimore locations, an amazing cast, and many of the same creative talent responsible for my first two features, HAMILTON (2006) and PUTTY HILL (2011).

Once again, this production will be shot 100% in Maryland by my long-time collaborator Jeremy Saulnier. I’m pleased to be working with Steve Holmgren (UnionDocs) and Eric Bannat (The Wire), and welcoming producers Amy Dotson (SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO) and Nashville-based Ryan Zacarias (Nomadic Independence Pictures) to the team.

Here’s the synopsis:

When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself pregnant in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with American relatives in Baltimore. But Aunt Kim and her husband, Bill, have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby, just home from her first year of college. What follows is a story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting each other go, looking for love where they’ve found it before and, when that doesn’t work, figuring out where they might find it next.

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