‘Suncoast’ Trailer: Laura Chinn’s Directorial Debut Stars Nico Parker, Laura Linney, And Woody Harrelson

The 2024 Sundance Film Festival is here. The event kicks off in earnest today, and there are loads of new movies to choose from. One that already has distribution by Searchlight, and will hit Hulu next month, is Suncoast, the directorial debut of actor/filmmaker Laura Chinn who is telling her personal story of growing up in St. Petersburg, FL.

Nico Parker, the daughter of filmmaker Ol Parker and Thandiwe Newton, stars in the film about a Florida teen caring for her brother and audacious mother, while also striking up an unexpected friendship with an eccentric activist.

For a debut film, Chinn has put together quite the cast. Joining Parker are Laura Linney, Woody Harrelson, Ella Anderson, Daniella Taylor, Amarr, and Ariel Martin.

In Sundance’s write-up on Suncoast, they call it “Separately and together, a mother and daughter face a situation bigger than themselves that builds to a crescendo of deep emotional power and pathos.”

Here’s the official synopsis: Inspired by the semi-autobiographical story of a teenager (Nico Parker) who, while caring for her brother along with her audacious mother (Laura Linney), strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric activist (Woody Harrelson) who is protesting one of the most landmark medical cases of all time.

Suncoast will have its world premiere here in Park City on January 21st, then hits Hulu on February 9th.

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