Is there some sort of record for the longest running festival film? Does anyone actually keep such stats? If so, writer/director Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst would seem to be in the running as it has been in competition worldwide for over 18 months … that’s quite a stretch without a theatrical push (even a limited arthouse run … digital projection, you know) or a home entertainment launch.
That award-filled run appears to be coming to an end as it was announced this past week that Wolfe Video has picked up this delightful road movie for delivery to DVD on July 30.
Normally, a film that is working the festival circuit plays for a season (maybe a little longer) and then makes the move to a minor theatrical run, digital download or home entertainment. The mission having been accomplished with nice reviews, public awareness and awards; a following; buzz — all the good things that makes an indie film viable!
What makes Cloudburst so interesting — beyond its quality — is that it stars not one, but two Oscar-winners for acting — Olympia Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress, Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (Best Supporting Actress, My Left Foot) — who are teamed as Stella and Dotty, a lesbian couple in a multi-decade relationship that are forced to go on the run if they are to maintain their relationship.
With Dotty (Fricker) legally-blind and threatened with confinement to a nursing home by her family, they decide that their only “legal” option is to hightail it to Canada, where gay marriage is legal.Along the way this elderly version of “Thelma and Louise” pick up another lost soul and in their travels and teach us some valuable life lessons along the way, including if you value your freedom; your independence, then planning is a life-long job.
It does strike a nerve. When vulnerable, others have a way of making decisions for you … you run, you fight-back or you surrender and simply go along with the program. There is no surrender in Dotty or Stella!
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