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To Keep The Light
Directed by
Erica Fae

USA / 2015 / 85

New York Premiere

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Erica Fae
First-time writer-director Erica Faes To Keep the Light is a slow-burning drama sparked by the solitary life of a 19th-century Maine lighthouse keepers wife struggling to keep things afloat when her husband is incapacitated. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, Abbie is forced to face both her past and her future. In a quietly evocative performance, Fae, who plays the lead, reveals Abbies essence through such meticulous body language that her situation is palpable. Her stoicism is artfully reflected by the remote, raw coastline and eerily austere interior shots.

Although fictional, Abbie personifies real women who inherited the job from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed. To Keep the Light lays bare the complex inner being of one such woman who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society. -Ben F. Fischer

Erica Fae brings stories of powerful, radical women from history onto the stage and screen. "To Keep the Light" is her first feature. Her short film, "Christine 1403" (on medieval writer Christine de Pizan), screened at festivals worldwide and won her both Best Short and Best Actress prizes. Her play, "Take What Is Yours" (on suffragist Alice Paul), ran Off-Broadway and was named a Critics' Pick in "The New York Times" and "Backstage". As actor, she's had recurring roles on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "Doll & Em", and has performed in numerous films and plays. She teaches at Yale School of Drama and is in development on a mini-series and her next feature.
Cast/Featuring: Antti Reini, Erica Fae, David Patrick Kelly, Meagen Fay, Gabe Fazio, Wass Stevens, Jarlath Conroy
Producer(s): Jane Applegate, Erica Fae
Director(s): Erica Fae
Screenwriter(s): Erica Fae
Cinematographer(s): Wes Cardino
Editor(s): Sabine Hoffman
Production Designer(s): Oliver Shuster
Composer(s)/Music: Caroline Shaw
Sound Designer(s): Ryan Billia
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