The Magic Theatre presents up-and-coming indie film |

The Magic Theatre presents up-and-coming indie film

The Magic Theatre, Nevada City’s boutique 62-seat independent cinema, welcomes back the cast of the film “The New Year,” for a special week of screenings and filmmaker Q&As. Beginning Friday, Sept. 10 and running through Thursday, Sept. 16, The Magic Theatre will host Brooklyn-based director Brett Haley and starring actress Trieste Kelly Dunn for an encore presentation of their award-winning film.

Last month, “The New Year” opened the 10th Annual Nevada City Film Festival to rave audience reviews and has since received praise in the New York Times, The Village Voice, LA Times and Variety. Actress Trieste Kelly Dunn (Law & Order: SUV, United 93, Canterbury’s Law) stars in this independent drama as Sunny, the one-time high school valedictorian and most likely to succeed bookworm who puts her life on hold to return home to care for her ailing father and finds herself living a life she never imagined. Back at home, she settles into a comfortable routine working at a local bowling alley and hanging out with her doting boyfriend and best friend from high school. Her life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a charismatic former school rival who is home for the holidays. Sunny finds herself having to decide between chasing her old dreams and creating new ones.

Haley and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Kennedy wrote the script in a series of e-mails back and forth over the course of a month.

Haley wrote every part with a handful of actors already in mind – including the film’s location in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. The film was cast with actors he had met while attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (including Dunn) and local actors he had produced plays or made films with in Pensacola.

Dunn leads the cast of talented young actors with her thoughtful and honest approach to Sunny. She appears in every scene and at times you forget you are watching a film and not a reality show because of her seamless performance.

The audience can’t help but connect with Sunny. We recognize a little of her in each of us – someone who is searching for direction while trying to do what is right and feeling guilty or afraid of wanting more in life.

“The New Year” strikes a personal chord with its true-to-life

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