Local filmmaker headed to Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY, UTAH (NEWS10) – The Sundance Film Festival is coming up, and one of the films that made the final cut was shot in the Capital Region.

“They actually reached out to me at the beginning of this year,” Albany Film Commissioner Debby Goeteke said.

Goeteke gives potential filmmakers permission to film in the Capital Region. Writer and director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte contacted Goeteke about his feature film script “As You Are.”

The film is a coming-of-age drama the Albany native first began conceiving while growing up in the area.

“He wanted to give back to the region,” Goeteke said. “He had a vision on how he wanted to do it, and he followed through with it.”

Sean Patrick Burke was a producer and assistant director for the film.

“I loved that you guys had a film commissioner there who was able to be a good resource,” he said. “She hooked us up with some great people. We loved the locations. The community really accepted us.”

The film has officially taken off. On Wednesday, the crew revealed via social media that they had been accepted into the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

“This was the goal: to go to Sundance,” Burke said. “And now we’ve already partnered with a great sales rep, and ideally, we’d like to partner with a great distribution company and then we’d like to get the film shown all over the place.”

Although the film boasts big-name talent like “The Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg, Goeteke assures Joris-Peyrafitte’s story carries the pride and spirit of the area it was conceived and filmed in.

“A lot of times, the bigger productions, they come in and it’s just one-and-done, and they’re on to the next thing,” she said. “But for him to really come back with his own project where he grew up and to have it all a part of that scene, it’s just very cool.”

The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 21, 2016 through January 31, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

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