By Gail McCarthy
---- — 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.”
Green said it is a fun movie for children.
“There is a snake scene that kids should know is real,” she added.
Green often works with David Mamet and John Sayles. Her filmography includes “Take Shelter,” the boxing drama “Girlfight,” “Frida” and “State and Main.”
Green calls Gloucester home, noting that her alternative work place is Austin, Texas, where both Nichols and Terrence Malick reside. She works closely with both. Malick did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. He went on to study filmmaking and works as a writer, director and producer.
She produces Malick’s films, including “The Tree Of Life,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture in 2012.
In a special event here on Saturday, Green brings the Malick-directed film titled “To The Wonder” to Cape Ann Community Cinema where she will host a screening of the romantic drama at 7:30 p.m. at the homegrown cinema at 21 Main St. in downtown Gloucester.
“To The Wonder” stars Oscar winner Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. This was the last film reviewed by the late film critic Roger Ebert, who awarded it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. “As all of these relationships intertwine, Malick depicts them with deliberate beauty and painterly care,” wrote Ebert.
The IMDb synopsis states: “After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane.”
Tickets for this special event are $15 ($13.50 for Cinema members), and benefit the cinema and its upcoming Kickstarter campaign to upgrade its projection equipment. Tickets can be purchased at www.CapeAnnCinema.com, or in person at the box office.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.