April 8, 2012

Maine fisherman hopes to be Sundancing

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Joel Strunk hopes to finish his Maine-set “Anatomy of the Tide” in time to submit it for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Portland actor Daniel Noel in a scene from “Anatomy of the Tide,” Joel Strunk’s coming-of-age drama set on a Maine island.

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The title comes from one boy's lesson to his friends about how to jump the island's most dangerous cliff by understanding the movement of the sea below.

Working with a talent scout, Strunk recruited an accomplished group of actors to fill key roles, including Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robbie Amell, James Colby, Daniel Flaherty, Spencer Locke, Gabriel Basso, John Fiore, John Shea and Nathan Keyes. Among them, their credits include "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Resident Evil," "Mystic Pizza," "Meet the Parents" and "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington."

Strunk supplemented the stars with local talent, much of it from the Portland theater scene, including Daniel Noel, Matthew Delameter and Jennifer McLeod.

Most of the movie has been shot on the midcoast, at Owls Head, Rockland, Thomaston and out to Vinalhaven. It's set in the fictional island community of Cliff Haven.

The story revolves around island people, fishermen and summer folk. There is a subplot that includes a shady drug deal, but the primary focus of the movie are the secrets that revolve around an abusive island pastor, portrayed with just the right amount of good and evil by Noel.

Strunk has big hopes for this movie. Aiming for a slot at Sundance might seem ambitious, but he feels he has all three of the elements required to make a great film: A great soundtrack, strong visuals and a touching human story.

He is in deep negotiations with Billy Joel about the soundtrack. The movie looks great, but he wants to reshoot a few scenes in June to make it even better.

And the story could not be more timely.

"It's a socially significant story," Strunk says. "It's about not hiding the secrets inside ourselves and parents' responsibilities when there are problems with their kids, so they can deal with it then and not carry them around for years.

"It's a story about freedom and getting free of yourself." 

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Gabriel Basso in a scene from “Anatomy of the Tide,” Joel Strunk’s coming-of-age drama set on a Maine island.

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