The Independent Film A SORT OF HOMECOMING

As March winds down, I thought it would be fitting to conclude this Women's History Month by looking at an independent film called A Sort of Homecoming with a strong female cast and crew. Written by Lynn Reed, directed by Maria Burton, and starring Laura Marano and Katherine McNamara, among other talented actors, the coming of age drama, now in post-production, will soon hit the film festival circuit, so keep an eye out for it.

Crowd funding sites have provided independent artists like Reed (whose screenplay was nominated for the Gold Award at WorldFest Houston) and her fellow producers Marcus Lyle Brown and Yvette Brown to bring their visions to the screen. Almost 500 individuals supported the project's IndieGoGo campaign.  A behind the scenes video with the production team reveals their passion and commitment to bring this tale to audiences.

The story is set in the world of high school speech and debate, told through flashbacks, as a New York news producer, played by Michelle Clunie (familiar from her role in Queer as Folk), returns to her hometown in Louisiana at the request of her high school debate coach, portrayed by the always wonderful Kathleen Wilhoite.

Here's a sneak peek at the film itself.

As you can see, the young cast is delightful.  I have no doubt that they will have marvelous acting careers ahead of them. Joining Marano (who had appearances on Heroes and FlashForward) and McNamara (who was previously seen on Touch and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour), Parker Mack plays Nick, competing in the national championship. Their interactions are genuine and endearing.

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