Deadline kicks off this year’s Stella Artois & Deadline Sundance Series at the Sundance Film Festival with a panel discussion with the team behind To the Stars, director Martha Stephens’ 1960s-set coming-of-age drama that is having its world premiere later tonight.
The film, in the fest’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, is set in the 1960s Oklahoma, where Iris (Kara Hayward) must deal with her alcoholic mother and bullying classmates. Enter Maggie (Liana Liberato), the charismatic and enigmatic new girl at school, who sees Iris’ untapped potential and helps her come out of her shell. When Maggie’s past comes to light it rocks the god-fearing community and Maggie is forced to consider drastic measures that could involve Iris. Shannon Bradley-Colleary penned the script.
The live Q&A panel at Stella’s Film Lounge this afternoon features Stephens (previously at Sundance with Land Ho! in 2014) alongside Hayward and Liberato and fellow stars Malin Akerman, Shea Whigham, Tony Hale, Jordana Spiro, Adelaide Clemens, Lucas Zumann and Madisen Beaty. Deadline’s AwardsLine editor Joe Utichi is moderating.
The pic premieres at 9:30 local time tonight at the Ray Theatre.
Check out the livestream above.