Production is underway in West Virginia on the independent drama Little Accidents, the first feature film from writer/director Sara Colangelo. The film, which was developed at both the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters and Directors Labs, will star Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland and Josh Lucas.
Little Accidents follows the disappearance of JT, a 14 year-old boy in an American coal town which has already seen its share of tragedy after a mining accident. JT's disappearance draws together three local residents from very different walks of life. Together they struggle to navigate the web of secrets surrounding the boy's death, unaware of how connected they truly are.
Colangelo previously directed the award-winning short film by the same name, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and explored some of the same themes as her debut feature.
Here's what Archer Gray Productions president Anne Carey had to say in a statement.
"Sara Colangelo's script for Little Accidents is one of the strongest first features with which I've been associated. She is both a subtle and ambitious filmmaker. The strength of her script attracted a terrific cast of actors, an excellent crew and a great group of producers. I am very excited that this film is one of the launching titles for Archer Gray Productions."
TideRock Media producers Jason Michael Berman and Thomas B. Fore had this to say in their own statement.
"We had the pleasure of being introduced to Sara and the project through the Sundance Institute and WME. We fell in love with Sara's script, which paints the Appalachian coal-mining community in an authentic and heartfelt way that hasn't often been portrayed in popular culture."
Producer Chris Columbus had this to say in a statement.
"Little Accidents is an extraordinary film that takes the viewer on a complex and deeply emotional journey. Sara Colangelo is a visionary filmmaker. Maiden Voyage Films is thrilled to be part of this exceptional project."
The film is being produced by Anne Carey of Archer Gray Productions, Jason Michael Berman and Thomas B. Fore of TideRock Media, and Summer Shelton. Executive producers are Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus of Maiden Voyage, Amy Nauiokas of Archer Gray Productions, Ruth Mutch of Soaring Flight Productions, and Kwesi Collisson, Mike Feuer and Todd Feuer of Mindsmack Productions. The project's DP is Rachel Morrison.
Elizabeth Banks is also shooting William Pohlad's Love & Mercy, and can be seen this fall in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Effie Trinket. Boyd Holbrook had his on-screen debut in Milk, and can be seen in the upcoming films A Walk Among the Tombstones, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Jane Got a Gun and The Skeleton Twins. Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry) is known for her recent roles on HBO's Big Love and F/X's American Horror Story: Aslyum. Jacob Lofland's on-screen debut was in 2013's Mud. Josh Lucas has recently been in films J. Edgar and The Lincoln Lawyer.
Colangelo is represented by WME, who packaged the project and will be representing the film for sales, as well as Victoria Cook at Frankfurt, Kurit, Klein and Slez PC. Elizabeth Banks is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP; Boyd Holbrook is represented by CAA and Kanner Entertainment.