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Juno Films picks up Peter Hedges’ The Same Storm

Juno Films has acquired the U.S., Canada, and U.K. distribution rights to Peter Hedges’ innovative drama The Same Storm. The film premiered at Telluride Film Festival in September 2021 and will open in NYC at the Quad Cinema and in Santa Monica at the Laemmle Santa Monica October 14, 2022. Filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic using cell phones and laptops, The Same Storm invites viewers into the lives of twenty-four characters as they navigate the spring and summer of 2020. With lockdowns, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the looming 2020 election as key backdrops, the film explores the importance of human connection, family, and love during a time when all of that seemed out of reach. With an all-star cast, including Sandra Oh, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine May, Moses Ingram, Raul Castillo, Noma Duzemweni, and many more, writer/director Peter Hedges crafts a unique piece of filmmaking that celebrates cinema’s ability to connect us all. “Peter Hedges’ film The Same Storm captures a period that bound us together through uncertainty, anxiety and fatigue while keeping us physically apart from family, loved ones and friends,” says Elizabeth Sheldon, CEO of Juno Films. “The performances from the all-star cast allow viewers to laugh at our collective experience, to cry for our losses, and to remember what it felt like during those dark days when despite the risk we came together for Black Lives Matter, comforted those who suffered loss, and relied on the kindness of strangers and the love of family. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Elizabeth Sheldon and Juno Films,” says Peter Hedges.  “The Same Storm was made with a whole lot of love during a fraught and challenging time. The ferocity and generosity of our extraordinary cast and crew fill every on-screen moment. I couldn’t be more proud of and grateful for everyone who helped make this possible.” Peter Hedges ​adapted his first novel ​What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ​into the critically acclaimed film of the same name. In 2002, he received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s ​About a Boy​.​ As a writer-director, Peter’s films include Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life, and Ben is Back. ​His latest, The Same Storm, is presented by Evenstar Films in association with Straight Up Technologies and Home Plate Pictures.  Produced by Dianne Dreyer, Elizabeth Cuthrell, and David Urrutia. Cinetic Media Senior Executive Jason Ishikawa negotiated the deal with Sheldon on behalf of the filmmakers. Juno Films’ recent releases include A Song for Cesar, Earwig, and We Are Living Things.

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