May 26, 2015

Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap” film, which is based on the Southwest Virginia town of the same name, will finally reach theater screens nationwide on Oct. 9.

Over the weekend, while attending the ninth annual Gathering in the Gap music festival in Big Stone Gap, Trigiani, the bestselling author, television writer and film director, made the announcement.

Picturehouse, a New York-based film production and distribution company that previously released “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” has acquired the U.S. rights to release the film in theaters nationwide. The movie, which Trigiani wrote and directed, was shot on location in Big Stone Gap in 2013.

It premiered in 2014 in Charlottesville at the Virginia Film Festival to a sold-out audience, which included many residents from the Wise County community.

The movie stars Ashley Judd as Ave Maria Mulligan, the novel’s main character. Actor Patrick Wilson, who has family members in Big Stone, plays Jack MacChesney, Mulligan’s love interest. Jenna Elfman
portrays Mulligan’s best friend, Iva Lou Wade, and Whoopi Goldberg plays wisecracking pharmacy owner Fleeta Mullins.
Trigiani’s film incorporates many Big Stone Gap landmarks and residents. Several residents participated during the filming.

Wilson and his brothers, Paul and Mark, performed during Saturday’s music festival, which was held at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap. Paul Wilson also appears in the film.

Earlier this month, the film received the award for Best Ensemble at the Bentonville Film Festival.

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