There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the film Flying Lessons, which made its world debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this month.
Directed by Derek Magyar, the film follows Sophie Conway (Maggie Grace), a 25-year old girl who returns home to the small town she always wished to forget. There she must face the friends and ex-boyfriends she left behind, as well as dealing with her mother. While home though, Sophie meets Harry Pleasant, an Alzheimer's Disease patient who, much like Sophie, struggles to remember the past.
The screening at the SBFF was sold out and celebrities like Noah Wyle, Jane Seymore and the entire cast attended. People were standing because there were no more seats.
Director Magyar has this to say about the film: “Being asked to open the 25th anniversary Santa Barbara International Film Festival is such as honor. I feel so grateful and humbled to be recognized in this manner and to be the first film in the festivals history to open that isn’t a studio film! I hope people love the film and leave the theatre moved and with a sense of hope and freedom, that through all difficult things there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and we have to fight and struggle and stew in it sometimes to get there but we can and will get there if we try hard enough and if we believe in ourselves and in others. Sometimes it takes a friend to show you the way, a family member, a lover or a stranger but seeing the light and knowing its worth finding is what I hope people feel from this movie.”
Check out the trailer below!