Sunlight, Jr. opens Friday, November 15th at Sundance Cinemas in Seattle.
From writer/director Laurie Collyer (Sherry Baby) comes an intimate and intense love story about a hard-worn couple at odds with the American dream. Set in the underbelly of usually sunny Florida, Melissa Winters (two-time Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts) works as a cashier at the local convenience store, Sunlight, Jr. She lives in a seedy motel with her boyfriend Richie (Academy Award® nominee Matt Dillon), a former TV repairman who lives month-to-month on his government disability check, spending most of it at a neighborhood tavern. When an unexpected pregnancy takes their lives in a new direction, they are forced to examine the realities of both of their lives, and to face tough choices about what lies on the horizon.
I spoke with Laurie Collyer about her love/hate relationship with Florida, and her ability to pull in the big stars for her film projects.