Maybach Cunningham, the California-based production company behind with Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, is preparing its third feature to shoot this year.
The Low Road, to be directed by company co-founder Chris Maybach [who comes from an editing background], is in the process of casting now. It will shoot for five weeks in San Francisco and Sonoma County, California, either later this year or in the first half of 2012.
“There are a whole list of people that we are interested in working with. We have offers out to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits,” said Maybach. Richard Kessler wrote the script for the drama, budgeted at $1m.
The story is about a young drifter who passes through his hometown and gets involved with two older locals who are losing their farm.
The company also has two features that recently finished shooting and have moved into post. Both of those could be ready for Sundance consideration.
Sean Baker (Prince Of Broadway) directs Starlet, about an unlikely friendship between an elderly recluse and a young free spirit (played by Dree Hemingway, Mariel’s daughter). The other producers are Blake Ashman-Kipervaser and Kevin Chinoy.
Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George is about an African immigrant adjusting to life in Brooklyn. That one is also produced with Lars Knudson and Jay van Hoy.
Cunningham notes that the company is keep to do more international work in the year ahead - “Next hear we hope to collaborate with Asia, specifically Korea and Japan. We think the future of independent film is about coproductions and collaborations.”
Ted Hope, who executive produced Martha Marcy, also brought them Starlet. “We hope to be involved with Ted more next year as we continue to build our slate,” said Cunningham.