Bicoastal production company Park Pictures’ acclaimed Director Alison Maclean (Jesus’ Son) brings her new film The Rehearsal, executive produced by Park Pictures, to the 54th New York Film Festival. The feature will premiere in the NYFF’s Main Slate section and is nominated in the festival’s Projections competition. The film, Maclean’s fourth feature, is adapted from The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton’s first novel and will screen Sept. 30-Oct. 16.

The Rehearsal centers around first-year acting student Stanley, played by James Rolleston (Boy, The Dark Horse, The Dead Lands), who mines his girlfriend’s family scandal as material for the end-of-the-year show at drama school. His girlfriend Isolde is played by Ella Edward (“Munted,” Just Think of Us Both.) Kerry Fox (Downriver) plays the troupe’s no-nonsense acting teacher. Maclean’s acclaimed previous films include Crush (1992) and Jesus’ Son (1999), along with her award-winning short Kitchen Sink (1989.)

NYFF’s Main Slate competition features 25 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world.

View the trailer for the film here.

About Park Pictures
Founded in 1998 by Executive Producer Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee and acclaimed filmmaker/cinematographer Lance Acord, Bicoastal/London-based Park Pictures has an auspicious track record of discovering and mentoring new talent in both commercials and film.

Park Pictures has earned the highest accolades for their international work, including an Oscar, an Emmy, and 18 Cannes Lions. Lance Acord has earned three DGA nominations for his commercial work and newly-signed directing duo The Mercadantes received a 2015 DGA nomination. Known for their story-driven film work, Park Pictures has been selected for Creativity’s “Production Company A-List” for nearly ten consecutive years. In 2015, co-founder Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee was selected for the 2015 Cannes Lions Film Craft jury and Advertising Age's prestigious 'Women to Watch' honor.

Park Pictures’ feature division, headed by Producer Sam Bisbee, Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord, has produced five feature films, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, Park Pictures won an Academy Award for the company’s first narrative film, live-action short “The New Tenants,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio. Its most recent feature, Other People, starring Molly Shannon and directed by Chris Kelly, recently sold to Netflix.