Films by Gloucester’s Sarah Green, an Oscar-nominated producer, are now showing both in her hometown and at a nearby cineplex.
In an interview this week, Green talked about her latest effort, “Mud,” now screening at AMC Loews in Danvers, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.
This is the second film in which she has worked with Jeff Nichols, the writer and director of “Mud.” The IMDb synopsis states: “Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.”
When Green first read the script, she was surprised to find that it was flawless.
“I have extremely high standards for writing and I always mark up a script because perhaps something doesn’t make sense or it feels frivolous or it is overwritten. I read this and another of his scripts in a row without making one mark,” she said.
Green said she was particularly drawn to this script because of her fondness for coming of age stories.
“I like stories about young people understanding something very adult, and I particularly love that the theme of this movie is love,” she said. “A boy has his first serious crush on a girl at a time when his parents’ marriage is breaking up. He really needs to believe in love and (the character) Mud leads him into trouble because he is a whole-hearted romantic. How the theme of love is treated in the movie is extraordinary.”
She said several elements in the script spoke to her, including the delta setting and the world of pearl diving and river life. Writer and actor Sam Shepard, who is part of the cast, described the film on his website as “a redemptive tale in the spirit of Huckleberry Finn, which follows a dangerous, charismatic fugitive named Mud and his unlikely friendship with two 14-year-old boys.”