According to an article in Variety Magazine, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s new film “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, set for Sept. 5-15. Gaudet, an Old Town native, and Pullapilly are best known for their documentary “The Way We Get By,” about the Maine Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport.
The film was formerly known as “Blue Potato,” and was shot in Van Buren and other locations in Aroostook County over the summer and fall of 2012. It was written and directed by Pullapilly and Gaudet, and tells the story of two teenagers coming of age during the annual potato harvest. It stars Carrie Preston (Arlene on HBO’s “True Blood”), Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Callan McAuliffe (“The Great Gatsby” and “I Am Number Four”), Emory Cohen (NBC’s “Smash”) and Maine natives including Tim Simons (HBO’s “Veep”), Erik Moody, Scott Anthony Smith, Peter Paton and others.
“Beneath the Harvest Sky” will premiere in the Discovery category of films at the festival, reserved for up-and-coming filmmakers and under the radar productions. It will share the category with other world premiering U.S. titles including Tommy Oliver’s “1982,” Mark Phinney’s “Fat” and Gia Coppola and James Franco’s “Palo Alto.” There is no word yet on further screenings at other festivals.