A Cape Cod Films, Firebrand Entertainment production in association with Wild at Heart Films. Produced by James Egan, Adam W. Rosen, Gwen Wynne. Executive producers, Pamela Tom, Mary Beth Fielder, Annette Dyvi. Co-producers, Kimberly Culotta, Cindy Harrington, Nathan Russell, Suzan Crowley. Directed by Gwen Wynne. Screenplay, Wynne, Mary Beth Fielder.
With: Tate Donovan, Adam Pascal, Danielle Savre, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Josh Peck, Corey Sevier, Anne Ramsay, Susan Anspach, James Sikking.
Growing up with two gay dads is hard enough today, much less in Cape Cod circa 1973, the promising setup of Gwen Wynne's "American Primitive," a wistful what-might-have-been treatment of the director's own upbringing. Reliving the period through the eyes of two sisters provides a fresh take on the otherwise tired coming-out genre, though the whole project feels too much like therapy through filmmaking, with Wynne offering a hindsight-enhanced "do-over" that's out of place with the era and its attitudes. Her uneven debut should attract LGBT fest interest but stands little chance in commercial release.( Read more...Collapse )