Movie filmed in Wrightsville Beach will hit theaters in April

Published: Jan. 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM EST
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'A Short History of Decay' will be released in theaters in April.
'A Short History of Decay' will be released in theaters in April.
The film is from Michael Maren.
The film is from Michael Maren.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A movie filmed in Wrightsville Beach will premiere in theaters across the country in the spring.

According to IndieWire, Paladin Pictures has acquired A Short History of Decay and will release it in theaters in April.

Filmmaker Michael Maren gave us the scoop back in November that the film had been picked up for distribution. Paladin made the official announcement Friday.

A Short History of Decay, starring Linda Lavin, Bryan Greenberg and Harris Yulin, is an independent film about a man who takes on the role of caregiver for his parents. It was shot in Wrightsville Beach last year.

In the movie, Lavin plays mother who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Maren wrote and directed the flick, which is based on his mother's battle with Alzheimer's.

The movie marked Lavin's last as a resident of Wilmington back in 2012. Lavin, a Tony and Golden Globe-winning actress, lived in Wilmington for 17 years. She moved to get more acting work. Right now, she can be seen on NBC's Sean Saves the World.

"Every time I watch it I say I wish there were some way we could get her an Academy Award for this because she deserves it," Maren told us. "She's fantastic. It's a very unique role for her. This is Linda Lavin like you've never seen her. She did an incredible job."

Local audiences got a chance to see the movie in Wilmington in November at the annual Cucalorus Film Festival. The movie made its debut at the Hamptons International Film Festival last year.

Maren said he picked Wrightsville Beach for the project due to the experienced crew in the area and the film incentives. He hopes to bring another project to the Wilmington area in the future.

The film also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and Kathleen Rose Perkins. Wilmington-based actors Henry Bazemore, Jr., Myke Holmes, Barbara Weetman and Anthony Reynolds also landed roles in the film.

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