A young and inexperienced priest encourages a family to declare their long-missing son dead, but once they do, the boy mysteriously returns, testing the priest's commitment to church doctrine over the laws of the natural world.
Nor'easter addresses the ever-developing idea of what it means to be a spiritual individual in a society that measures value through ownership, control, and bottom-line results rather than through sacrifice and intent. Though Nor'easter's priest, Erik, means well for his community, he finds that his pursuit of a controlling, powerful, Earthly manifestation of Christianity is at odds with his fundamental beliefs in Biblical scripture and Christ's word. In turn, he effects change within the parish to increase its number of worshippers, and only through the catastrophic fallout of his actions is the literal nature of his faith revealed to him: that of sacrifice, patience, and resolve.
The greatest difficulties in developing such a story are, frankly, easy to see coming, but impossible to avoid. In placing a priest in a flawed, potentially criminal position, it is easy to slide into a cynical, critical position on the church and the sometimes unfortunate practical results of its teachings. Yet it is my hope and earnest goal that Erik and his pursuit of a more pragmatic view of Christianity is reflective of my own tolerant, progressive ideal for others and myself. With that in mind, the greatest priority in Nor'easter's creation has been to show that despite Erik's mistakes and shortcomings, he is more capable after suffering the hardships he has caused, and he is no less Christian for having suffered them. On the contrary, he is a more capable, experienced priest and is ultimately more able to promote the idea of God as all-powerful, benevolent, and never ending.
Though I feel the film is fundamentally supportive of spiritual pursuit in modern society, it addresses the idea from the point of view of the secular world. Erik interprets his position in what are largely secular terms and measures his own self worth in terms separate from literal scripture. Nor'easter is intended for both secular and religious audiences, but its ultimate goal is to find those who want to take part in a spiritually minded narrative while engaging the idea that Christianity and Christians can be examined apart from each other.
—November 9, 2009
Andrew Brotzman is the director of MY MOM AND DAD, winner of the Global Anarchy award for Best Short in its category at Slamdance 2006, and DARJEELING, which played in Slamdance's 2007 Anarchy competition. In 2008 he was a national finalist in Disney & ABC's DGA Directing Fellowship Program.
He is also the producer of SMALL COLLECTION, an official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Best Narrative Short award at the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi. SMALL COLLECTION has also played at the Palm Springs, Woodstock, Raindance UK, Cleveland, Boston, and AFI Dallas film festivals.
He served as assistant to directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel on their Fox Searchlight picture BEE SEASON from February 2005 to February 2006, and was the director's assistant on BOOK OF LOVE, the 2004 Sundance Film Festival dramatic competition entry.
He received his B.A. in Computer Science in 2003 and his M.F.A. in Film Directing in 2011, both from Columbia University.
See Andrew's short films at brandnewmozart.com
Veronica Nickel is an independent producer based in New York. Nickel recently completed principal photography on her second feature film. In 2010, Nickel was chosen to take part in the prestigious Sundance Producing Summit.
In 2009, she was awarded the Arthur Krim Endowment Award for excellence in producing at Columbia University. Nickel completed her MFA in film production at Columbia where she produced numerous award winning short films.
She was the Executive Producer of a web video campaign that was the result of a partnership between Equal (sweetener) and Columbia University, and oversaw production of six videos. Currently, Nickel runs her own production company llluminaria Productions.
Prior to embarking on a career in production, Nickel was an HR Consultant, based in the U.S. and Australia.
Nor'easter was shot in the coastal and Fox Islands regions of Maine, primarily in Rockland and Vinalhaven. The script was written specifically for this area not only because of its natural beauty, but because of its continuous presence in the minds of those who live there. Location plays a primary role in Nor'easter, and its role in the story is part and parcel with the main character and his circumstances. The low sun and early evenings of Maine's winter and early spring lend a unique quality to the film.
Nor'easter was named one of the best films of 2012 by Jigsaw Lounge.
Ian Bloom won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival for his work on Nor'easter.
We are also the recipient of a 2009 Jesse Thompkins III Foundation for Young People in the Arts award.
2013 Sarasota Film Festival
2013 Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford UK
2013 Arizona Film Festival
2013 Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival
2012 Woodstock Film Festival
2012 Mill Valley Film Festival
2012 MIFF By-The-Sea
2012 Maine Film Festival
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