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Born to Be Blue” writer-director Robert Budreau has signed with Agency for the Performing Arts, Variety has learned exclusively.

Budreau broke into the entertainment business after attending the Vancouver Film School and making a series of award-winning short films. He wrote and directed his debut feature “That Beautiful Somewhere,” which garnered a Genie Award nomination.

“Born to Be Blue,” starring Ethan Hawke as trumpeter Chet Baker, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival to strong critical reaction and is currently in its U.S. release through IFC Films.

Hawke told Variety‘s Kristopher Tapley that Budreau’s film attempted to move past Baker’s iconography from photos, in which people are often trying to project an image. The aim was to capture the introverted, shy, funny and even fragile man he would observe in interviews.

“Jazz musicians do this all the time, take a classic song — whether it’s ‘My Favorite Things’ or ‘Summertime’ or whatever it is — and you just riff on it,” Hawke says. “This movie is a riff on the life of Chet Baker.”

In addition to his directing career, Budreau heads the production company Lumanity. He is repped by manager Brooke Ehrlich at Beam Entertainment and attorney James Feldman at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.