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Orion Classics Nabs North American Rights to Thomas Mann Drama ‘Maine’

Matthew Brown directs, writes and stars

MGM’s new indie arm Orion Classics acquired the North American and Latin American rights to “Maine,” a drama featuring “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Thomas Mann.

“Maine” made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, where it was nominated for Best Narrative Feature. It’s directed, written by and stars Matthew Brown (“In the Treetops”), alongside Mann and Laia Costa of “Life Itself.”

Orion Classics will release the film in theaters on Dec. 13 and on VOD and Digital HD on Dec. 14.

The plot involves a married Spanish woman named Bluebird (Costa) who attempts to hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo to find clarity; but her solitude is interrupted by a young American hiker (Mann). Even though the pair develops an emotional and romantic connection while traveling together, Bluebird ultimately must face the trail and her own feelings alone.

Indie Spirit winner Summer Shelton (“Keep the Change”), Beachside’s Michael B. Clark (“The Incredible Jessica James”) and Alex Turtletaub (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) produced. Costa and Mann executive produced.

Orion Classics recently released Mike P. Nelson’s dystopian action thriller “The Domestics” starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin.” Mann recently starred in the Netflix drama “The Land of Steady Habits” opposite Ben Mendelsohn.

Brown is represented by ICM Partners.