Maybach preps two new projects

'Starlet' in can; 'Mother' begins shoot

Maybach Cunningham Entertainment, producer of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” is ramping up production on a pair of projects — “Mother of George” and “The Low Road.”

“Martha Marcy” premiered at Sundance, with Sean Durkin winning the festival’s U.S. directing award for best drama, and also screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

With “Martha Marcy” set to screen Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, producers Chris Maybach and Patrick Cunningham have stayed busy, wrapping production on “Starlet” earlier this week and starting the “Mother of George” shoot with Andrew Dosunmu directing. Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are also producing; Saemi Kim and Saerom Kim exec produce.

Script by Darci Picoult centers on an African woman in Brooklyn who’s engaged to marry a fellow African. Both struggle to define their relationship in modern terms.

“It’s a very accessible story because what they’re dealing with as immigrants are a lot of very recognizable problems,” Maybach told Variety.

“Mother of George” is the recipient of a major grant from the Ford Foundation and was developed at the 2005 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab. Nigeria native Dosunmu and Picoult also received a Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship and a grant from the Annenberg Foundation.

“George” stars Danai Gurira, Issach De Bankole, Bukky Ajayi, Tony Okungbowa, Yaya Dacosta and Angelique Kidjo.

Maybach Cunningham is also prepping his directorial debut, “The Low Road,” for a shoot in Northern California late this year. The story, developed with Richard Kessler, deals with a young drifter who revisits his hometown.

Starlet” examines the unlikely relationship between two women — an 85-year-old recluse and a 22-year-old free spirit — living in the San Fernando Valley. Pic is directed and co-written by Sean Baker with a cast including Dree Hemingway, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian and Besedka Johnson.

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