BLUEBIRDA film by Lance Edmands Starring Amy Morton • John Slattery • Louisa Krause • Emily Meade • Margo Martindale

USA, SWEDEN / 2013 / 91 MIN / 2.39:1 / 35mm / ENGLISH

In his striking and moving debut feature BLUEBIRD, writer/director Lance Edmands explores the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Tony nominee Amy Morton, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY) becomes distracted during her end–of–day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.

Stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt, Lesley‘s fragility is further tested by her husband (Emmy nominee John Slattery, “Mad Men“)–a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill–and the boy‘s mother Marla (Louisa Krause, KING KELLY), a disaffected young woman looking to take advantage of a delicate situation. Shot on location in the stark, frozen Maine hills, BLUEBIRD fosters a profound sense of place–chillingly capturing the setting‘s lonely yet beautiful tone–thanks to the masterwork of cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE). The film boasts a powerful supporting cast including Emily Meade (“Boardwalk Empire“), Emmy winner Margo Martindale (“Justified,“ MILLION DOLLAR BABY), and Adam Driver (“Girls“).
Ashland Independent Film Festival – Ashland, OR
Thursday April 3rd, 9:20 PM, Varsity Theatre 2
Friday April 4th, 3:20 PM, Varsity Theatre 2
Saturday April 5th, 6:20 PM, Varsity Theatre 2
Sunday April 6th, 12:20 PM, Varsity Theatre 2

Cleveland International Film Festival – Cleveland, OH
Monday March 24, 7:25 PM, Tower City Cinema / Blue
Tuesday, March 25, 4:30 PM, Tower City Cinema / Orange

Durango Independent Film Festival – Durango, CO
Thursday Feb 27th, 9:00 AM, Gaslight 1
Friday Feb 28th, 9:00 PM, Gaslight 1

SF Indie Film Festival – San Francisco, CA
Saturday Feb 8th, 12:15 PM, The Roxie
Sunday Feb 9th,  9:15 PM, The Roxie

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Tallinn, Estonia
Monday Nov 11th, 7:30 PM, Sunday Coca-Cola Plaza 4
Tuesday Nov 26th, 10:15 PM, Tuesday Artis 1
Saturday Nov 30th, 7:00 PM, Saturday Ekraan 2

Molodist Film Festival – Kiev, Ukraine
Wednesday Oct 23rd, 10:00 AM, Kyiv Cinema / Dark Blue Hall
Thursday Oct 24th, 16:20 PM, Kyivska Rus Cinema

Three Rivers Film Festival – Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday November 13th, 9:00 PM Melwood Screening Room

Stockholm Film Festival – Stockholm, Sweden
Friday November 8th, 6:30 PM, Sture 1
Tuesday November 12th, 12:00 PM, Grand 1
Thursday November 14th, 5:00 PM, Grand 1

Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Thessaloniki, Greece
Tuesday November 5th, 3:45 PM, Olympion
Wednesday November 6th, 6 PM, Frida Liappa

Leiden International Film Festival – Leiden, Holland
Saturday November 2nd, 4:15 PM, Trianon 3
Sunday November 3rd, 6:45 PM, Trianon 3

Indie Memphis Film Festival – Memphis, TN
Sunday November 3rd, 2:45 PM, Studio On The Square

Vienna International Film Festival – Vienna, Austria
Monday October 28th, 6:30 PM, Urania
Tuesday October 29th, 1:30 PM, Stadtkino Kunstlerhaus

American Film Festival Poland – Wroclaw, Poland
Thursday October 24, 3:15PM, New Horizons Cinema Theater 5
Friday October 25, 12:45PM, New Horizons Cinema Theater 7

New Faces of Film – Tallahassee, FL
Sunday October 20, 3:30 PM, Challenger Learning Center IMAX

Chicago International Film Festival – Chicago, IL
Friday October 11, 6:15 PM, AMC River East
Sunday October 13, 8:30 PM, AMC River East
Monday October 21, 1:45 PM, AMC River East

Festival Du Nouveau Cinema – Montreal,Canada
Friday October 11, 4:40 PM, Excentris Cassavetes
Saturday October 12, 9:30 PM, Excentris Fellini

Busan International Film Festival – Korea
Friday October 4, 2:00 PM, Lotte Cinema Centum City 5
Sunday October 6, 4:00 PM, Megabox Haeundae 6
Friday October 11, 10:00 AM, Lotte Cinema Centum City 4

Oldenburg International Film Festival – Germany
Saturday September 14, 9:30 PM, Cine K
Sunday September 15, 2:30 PM, Cine K

SANFIC 9 Santiago – Chile
Friday August 23, 8:00 PM, Cine Hoyts La Reina
Sunday August 25, 6:00 PM, Cine Hoyts La Reina

Sidewalk Film Festival – Birmingham, AL
Sunday August 25, 11:00 AM, Alabama Theatre

Cinema East Summer Series – Austin, TX
Sunday July 21, 9:00 PM, French Legation Museum

Maine International Film Festival – Waterville, ME
Friday July 19, 7:30 PM, Stearns High School, Millinocket
Saturday July 20, 7:00 PM, Railroad Square Cinema 1

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Czech Republic
Tuesday July 2, 17:00, Grand Hall
Wednesday July 3, 10:30, Pupp
Friday July 5, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema

Provincetown Film Festival – Provincetown, MA
Thursday June 20, 5:00 PM, Preservation Hall
Friday June 21, 5:00 PM, Art House 1
Saturday June 22, 7:00 PM, Waters Edge 1

Maryland Film Festival – Baltimore, MD
Thursday May 9, 4:30 PM, Charles Theater 4
Friday May 10, 11:30 AM, Charles Theater 2

Tribeca Film Festival – New York, NY
Thursday April 18, 6:30 PM, SVA Theater 1
Saturday April 20, 1:00 PM, AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Monday April 22, 8:30 PM, AMC Loews Village 7 - 3
Tuesday April 23, 10:00 PM, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
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“Lance Edmands’ debut feature is a quietly affecting indie drama likely to win admirers... This gentle, soulfully acted drama has its own distinct identity, bringing a potent sense of place to its wintry Maine locations and a penetrating gaze to blue–collar characters in a depressed mill town.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


“Gorgeously shot on film by cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (Martha Marcy May Marlene), BLUEBIRD owes much to the strength of its cast, particularly the deeply empathetic Morton and the angst–riddled Krause... For everyone involved, BLUEBIRD is a strong calling card.”
Eric Kohn, Indiewire


“A heart-breaking American indie with a top-notch cast... Edmands does a terrific job of suggesting the growing pain, frustration and guilt coursing through these lives. He draws a particularly gripping performance from Morton and a beautifully subtle one from Slattery... ”
Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post


“Lance Edmands’ fragile, arthouse–bound debut is a mournful throwback to more poetically inclined times.”
Peter Debruge, Variety


“Bluebird is A Well–Observed & Striking Debut About Family, Connectedness & Consequences. Subtle, nuanced and absorbing, Lance Edmands‘ directorial debut BLUEBIRD is a remarkable first feature and wise beyond his and its years... Considered and nuanced, Edmands resists all levels of melodrama and sentimentality in BLUEBIRD and yet the picture is just as arresting and emotional as any drama I‘ve seen this year... a wonderful debut film. ”
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist


“Beautiful BLUEBIRD Heralds Arrival of An Impressive New Indie Voice... For all its lovely scripting and beautiful cinematography (the film was lensed by Jody Lee Lipes, who also shot the similarly striking Martha Marcy May Marlene), what‘s most remarkable about Bluebird is its consistently solid performances, many of which frequently approach just flat–out greatness. Beautifully lensed, beautifully acted, beautifully written, Bluebird is a heartbreakingly beautiful film about the consequences of an ordinary life.”
Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects


“BLUEBIRD is an impressive directorial debut by Edmands, who gets incredibly naturalistic performances from his very capable actors. Edmands ties his characters to the nature that surrounds them; the trees and snow both factoring directly into the emotional struggle of the characters.”
Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit


“BLUEBIRD treats complicated moral issues with nuanced simplicity... Edmands take envisions a refreshingly understated morality play while honoring the complexity of the situation. His use of imagery is straightforward but haunting. His scenarios are honest and open-ended. The result is a refined, provocative narrative full of intricacies that inspire contemplation. ”
Kenneth Broadway, Sound on Sight


“A first–time director, Edmands has previously worked as an editor on a number of indies, including Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture. With BLUEBIRD... the helmer has made the kind of film that festivals seem built for, one that makes up for in character and atmosphere what it lacks in feel–good accessibility.
Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times


“Rich in tone and texture, BLUEBIRD is an atmospheric and deeply emotional film that pulls us into the psyche of its characters. There‘s a quiet sense of distress that pervades, highlighting the decay of a logging town in Maine, which feels anachronistic in its stillness yet deals with issues relevant to working class American families everywhere.”
Hillary Weston, BlackBook


“Where Edmands succeeds brilliantly is in capturing the essence of a small, American town full of authentic and genuine characters that feel profoundly real... Amy Morton is a true revelation, delivering her finest acting performance of her career. An Oscar-caliber turn”
Clayton Davis, The Awards Circuit


“[The] highly particular visual approach rests a calm exterior over the roiling emotions within each character... BLUEBIRD is undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first–time filmmaker.”
Jordan Hoffman, Film.com


“The characters‘ varying responses to the accident are painfully muted, terse and frigid like the world around them; when their emotions eventually break through it‘s like ice cracking. Edmands draws strong performances from his cast, especially Amy Morton and Margo Martindale as the mothers of the two families.”
Susanna Locascio, Hammer To Nail


“Bleak and powerful are words to describe Lance Edmand's directional debut BLUEBIRD... The film's tonal congruity and top–notch performances will surely resonate.”
Francisco Salazar, Latino‘s Post


“BLUEBIRD unfolds as a series of caught moments that develop into something wholly cohesive and immersive as the film‘s characters become more distant from each other, clinging onto the secrets they hold as if it‘s what keeps them warm during the bitter winters, growing a bit chillier every time they‘re forced to reveal one.”
Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest