The film premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Locally-made movie, A Short History of Decay, was one of the films screened at this year's Cucalorus Film Festival.
A Short History of Decay, starring Linda Lavin, Bryan Greenberg and Harris Yulin, is an independent film about a man who takes on the role of caregiver for his parents. It was shot in Wrightsville Beach last year.
In the movie, Lavin plays mother who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Michael Maren wrote and directed the flick, which is based on his mother's battle with Alzheimer's.
The movie marked Lavin's last as a resident of Wilmington. Lavin, a Tony and Golden Globe-winning actress, lived in Wilmington for 17 years. She moved to New York because she had been getting more work in the Big Apple. Right now, she can be seen on NBC's Sean Saves the World.
"Every time I watch it I say I wish there were some way we could get her an Academy Award for this because she deserves it," Maren said. "She's fantastic. It's a very unique role for her. This is Linda Lavin like you've never seen her. She did an incredible job."
Maren gave us the scoop that the movie has been picked up for distribution. He said in April, the film will be in select theaters nationwide. Following the release, it will also be available on demand.
Maren said so far, the feedback has been good.
"Audiences are loving it.," he said. "We are getting a really positive response. People are saying to us that it's a very moving and funny film, which that is the movie we wanted to make and the performances are amazing."
Maren said he picked Wrightsville Beach for the project due to the experienced crew in the area and the film incentives. He hopes to bring another project to the Wilmington area in the future.
The film also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and Kathleen Rose Perkins. Wilmington-based actors Henry Bazemore, Jr., Myke Holmes, Barbara Weetman and Anthony Reynolds, who recently appeared in Prisoners, also landed roles in the film.