December 18, 2013

Fairhaven: Sometimes It Takes Coming Home


Tom O’Brian, much like Chris Colfer, also wrote, directed, and starred in his recent film, Fairhaven, an official selection of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Coming from a theatre background with numerous play productions under his belt, Fairhaven is Tom’s first full length feature. Not only does it seem like a quality film Tom also has a great cast. Among Chris Messina, whom he befriended at New York’s theatre company All Seasons and who also created the story of Fairhaven from which Tom developed the screenplay, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), and Rich Sommer (The Devil Wears Prada) also co-star and deliver what Tribeca Film Festival calls a “subtle, moving performance.”

Fairhaven is the story of Jon, played by Tom O’Brian, a man dealing with the collapse of his life and is desperately seeking the true meaning of happiness, who suddenly quits his job and decides to become a writer. His oldest friend Dave, played by real life friend Chris Messina has recently returned to their hometown in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the town Jon never left, to deal with the death of his father. Jon, Dave, and their mutual friend Sam, played by Rich Sommer, quickly propel the film into its core meaning: the story of life, triumphs, failures, and love.

Now if we’re on the same page you’re probably thinking that this storyline has been told before in many films, but as my professors say, there are usually no new stories, just different ways of telling them. Although I more than slightly disagree with this statement, I understand why they would say it. Nonetheless, this film is certainly an original.

I love when talented filmmakers like Tom O’Brian and Chris Colfer share their stories, and I look forward to the release of Fairhaven on January 11th 2013.

By Kevin Tydlaska


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