Flyover Film Festival: Beauty Mark tackles childhood abuse

Auden Thornton as Angie in Beauty Mark.

Beauty Mark, which recently won a Special Jury Prize for actress Auden Thornton’s breakout performance at the 2017 LA Film Festival, plays tonight as the closing night film at the 2017 Flyover Film Festival in Louisville, Ky.

Written and directed by Harris Doran, the film stars Auden Thornton, Catherine Curtin, Laura Bell Bundy, Jeff Kober, Madison Iseman, and Deirdre Lovejoy.

Auden Thornton stars as Angie.  She’s struggling with her convenience store job while having to take care of her three-year-old son and deal with an alcoholic mother.  As if this isn’t enough, Angie is forced to move upon learning that her house is being condemned.  Making everything worse is that she is living in poverty and has to turn to the one man who abused her, when she was a young child, for help.

For Doran, this is his feature debut and he’s able to capture the drama through rich performances.  The subject of abuse is one that isn’t easy to deal with, be it on screen or just to talk about it in general.  In fact, so many people feel forced to go silent about abuse that happens so they don’t tell people and when they do, it’s too late because the government’s statatue of limitations has expired and that’s wrong.  Beauty Mark, a film inspired by co-producer Katelyn Kate Adams’ personal life, is one that should get people talking about abuse and what we need to do to stop it, or at least get people speaking out about it at at an earlier point in their life.

Executive producer Gill Holland and co-producer Katelyn Kate Adams were instrumental in setting the film in Louisville and helping to revitalize the Portland neighborhood by filming there.  For those of us who are Louisville ex-pats, you will experience homesickness seeing the skyline on screen.

A U.S. distributor has not been announced yet.  For more, please read my interviews with Harris Doran and Auden Thornton.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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