Filmed using iPhones and laptops during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, THE SAME STORM is an intimate look into the lives of twenty-four characters as they journey through the spring and summer of 2020. With lockdowns, the Black Lives Matter movement and the looming 2020 elections as key backdrops, the film explores the necessity of human connection, family, love and the ability to find empathy during a fraught, untenable time. Featuring an all-star cast, including Sandra Oh, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine May, Moses Ingram, Raul Castillo, Noma Dumezweni, Sandra Oh, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine May, Moses Ingram, Noma Dumezweni, Raúl Castillo, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr, Jin Ha, Judith Light, Joel de la Fuente, Raza Jaffrey, Brittany Bradford, and many more, writer/director Peter Hedges crafts a unique piece of hopeful filmmaking that demonstrates and celebrates the ability of art to connect us. Director and writer Peter Hedges joins us to talk about filming during the Covid pandemic using cell phones and laptops to capture their stories, collaborating with a superb cast, and his inspiration for this deeply humanistic, multi-layered tale.
Juno Films has acquired rights to the experimental drama The Same Storm, from writer-director Peter Hedges (Ben Is Back), for distribution in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The film will open October 14th at the Quad Cinema in NYC and Laemmle NoHo and Santa Monica with additional cities to follow.
About the filmmaker – 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. He wrote and directed PIECES OF APRIL (2003), co-wrote and directed DAN IN REAL LIFE (2007), co-wrote and directed THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (2012) and most recently wrote and directed BEN IS BACK (2018). Hedges is also the author of the novels AN OCEAN IN IOWA (1998), THE HEIGHTS (2010) and twelve plays including IMAGINING BRAD (Circle Rep), BABY ANGER (Playwrights Horizons), THE GIRL IN PINK (The Atlantic Theater Company) and GOOD AS NEW (MCC Theater).
“This film leaves us moved and provoked – and impressed with its technical accomplishments – even if it isn’t a perfect distillation of our ongoing national nightmare.” – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter