A fresh take on the “fish out of water” motif, BRAVETOWN looks at the costs of war for a small town and what it takes to heal.
Josh Harvest, a hardened New York City teen from a broken home – and quietly one of the country’s top dance club DJs and remixers – is sentenced to counseling for a minor drug infraction, along with an extended stay with his estranged father, who lives in a small town in North Dakota. He is slow to warm to his new environment, a town best-known for sending its young off to war, many of whom never return. But when Josh is asked to help out the last-place dance team as they vie for the state competition title, his rough exterior begins to soften. As his relationships emerge with both the team’s captain, Mary, and his therapist, each of whom have lost someone special to war, it forces all three to begin to face and heal their pasts. View the trailer below:
Director Daniel Duran provides a strong mixture of rich dramatic performances and hot dance numbers in his breakout feature release. Lucas Till (“X-Men”) stars as the young DJ, Josh, alongside Kherington Payne (“Fame”, “And So You Think You Can Dance”), who, as Mary, leads a troupe of energetic fellow students through some amazing dance pieces, creatively choreographed by Brian Friedman (“The X-Factor”). Josh Duhamel (“Transformers”) co-stars as Alex Weller, Josh’s laid back, but subtly probing, therapist with his own dark secrets. Laura Dern (“Wild”) gives a unique performance as Mary’s mother, Annie, who suffers from her own mental illness from the loss of her oldest son, Mary’s brother, Robert, during his military service. The film is beautifully photographed by cinematographer Angel Barroeta (“Rock of Ages”), capturing both exciting dance sequences and the peaceful beauty of the North Dakota landscape.
eOne will release BRAVETOWN theatrically nationwide in select theaters and on VOD May 8th.
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