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directed by Julie Middleton
This humor-laced drama takes place in 1989 in the third month of a bitter paper mill strike in a small Maine town. While awaiting a ruling that will result in either a win for the strikers or a win for management, a struggling union family grapples with everyday life: illness, the unexplained need to create art, and a son trying to feed his young family. Meanwhile, the mill’s NYC-based CEO is dragged on a weekend getaway by his 26-year-old daughter, who has chosen this time to address her father’s failings.
Through a series of events, the two families collide, testing each other’s and their own notions about family and loyalty. The characters in Papermaker are real, humanly flawed and beautiful.