Movie Preview: “Abundant Acreage Available” puts Amy Ryan on a farm she’s about to lose

One of the benefits of a broadening indie film horizon is the multiplicity of voices which ensure that stories outside of that NYC/LA corridor are told and made.

Winston-Salem, N.C. native Angus MacLachlan wrote “Junebug,” which made Adam Adams, and wrote-and-directed “Goodbye to All That.”

He’s got Amy Ryan, Terry Kinney and Max Gail (of all people) in the cast of this story of family, land, and the connection that people who have grown up on a farm feel to it.

Here’s my connection to it. I knew Angus when he was an emerging playwright back when I worked in Winston-Salem. And while at the Winston-Salem Journal, I wrote what Wikipedia still uses as a definitive short history of the location of this shoot, East Bend, N.C., for a series we were running on the various small towns in the region. Once home to a huge buggyworks, birthplace of Babe Ruth’s major league roommate, a little town too far from the Interstate to thrive, if my memory isn’t failing me.

Lovely setting, promising story, very good cast.

“Abundant Acreage Available” is coming from Gravitas Ventures this fall.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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