Olympia Dukakis Stars in CLOUDBURST, Debuting Digitally Today
Writer/Director Thom Fitzgerald's (3 Needles, The Hanging Garden) award-winning romantic road movie CLOUDBURST debuts across all digital platforms beginning today, July 23rd and lands on DVD July 30th.
Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress, Moonstruck, 1987) and Brenda Fricker (Best Supporting Actress, My Left Foot, 1989) star as a lesbian couple who escape from their nursing home and head up to Canada to get married and while on the road, pick up a young hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette) with his own issues. With equal parts humor and grace, CLOUDBURST explores the important themes of life, death and love through the eyes of this oddball trio. The film also stars Kristin Booth (TV's "The Kennedys"), Jeremy Akerman (Hobo with a Shotgun, Amelia) and John Dunsworth (Trailer Park Boys frachise).
CLOUDBURST has received numerous awards and acclaim on the film festival circuit, including Best Screenplay and the People's Choice Award for Best Film of the Festival at the Atlantic Film Festival, Grand Jury Peach Prize for Best Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival, Best Actress in a Feature (Olympia Dukakis) at FilmOut San Diego, Audience Award for Best Film at Frameline San Francisco, Best of the Fest Selection at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Audience Awards at the Philadelphia QFest, QFest St. Louis, OutTakes New Zealand, North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Out on Film Atlanta, MIX Copenhagen, Perlen Queer Film Festival, Spokane Film Festival and Shout Queer Film Festival.
SYNOPSIS: Stella and Dot (Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker) are an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life's ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dotty's prudish granddaughter, Molly (Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. It's a last-gasp bid to stay together. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice (Ryan Doucette). A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle - after three decades, can they keep their family together?
CLOUDBURST has a runtime of 93 minutes and is not rated.
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DVD Part#: WOL 5146D
DVD UPC: 754703763990
GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Lesbian
TRT: 93 Min. Color.
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