EXCLUSIVE: Following the SXSW debut of Donald Cried, the pic’s filmmakers Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta have signed with CAA and Cinetic. Based on their Slamdance short of the same name, the film stars Wakeman as Peter Latang who, after the sudden passing of his grandmother, returns home to working-class Warwick, RI where he encounters childhood friend Donald Treebeck (Avedisian) for what starts as a simple favor and turns into a long van ride into two friends’ past. The film co-stars Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May MarleneBluebird) with Kyle Martin (Tiny Furniture) serving as producer. Avedisian directed the pic and co-wrote it with Wakeman and Espeleta.

The feature version of Donald Cried was selected for the IFP labs and also screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors / New Films.