By Tessa Raebeck
Not known for its excitement, winter on the East End can be an ideal time for self-discovery and reflection; off-season Montauk thus provides the perfect setting for Julie Wagner, the soul-searching protagonist of Kim Cummings’ new independent drama/romance film, “In Montauk.”
“One of 2012’s indie highlights,” according to Richard Propes of The Independent Critic, the feminist film is set in Montauk in December. It stars Nina Kaczorowski as Julie Wagner, a young artist with a successful husband and a baby on the way, who has retreated to the end of Long Island in an attempt to combat the “growing feelings of uncertainty about the impending trajectories of her life,” according to the press release.
“It’s powerful and beautiful, tense in its emotions, and also draining (but in a good, ‘I just went on a personal journey and I’m spent’ way). In the end, the emotional effort is worth it,” Mark Bell of Film Threat says of the film, both written and directed by Ms. Cummings.
Through her production company, Siren’s Tale Productions, Ms. Cummings releases films in line with her goal “to present three-dimensional women and girls on film in nuanced storylines outside of the typical Hollywood roles of wives, girlfriends, mothers and other less flattering types.”
“In Montauk” portrays Julie Wagner grappling with how to fulfill her duty to her career, impending motherhood and marriage while still maintaining her individual identity. Through her struggle, Ms. Cummings offers an universal story of “confronting life’s imperfect choices in the hopes of coming to grips with one through which she can be true to herself.”
After a successful rollout on the festival circuit, picking up awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, the World Music & Independent Film Festival and more, “In Montauk” was released on DVD for the first time February 18. For more information, visit here.