Year by the Sea
After 30 years as a wife and mother, empty-nester Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband (Michael Cristofer) to Kansas. Intent on rediscovering herself, but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling on a spirited mentor, Joan Erikson (Celia Imrie), wife of the famed psychologist Erik Erikson. Supported by her literary agent (S. Epatha Merkerson) and a host of locals, including a sexy fisherman (Yannick Bisson), Joan learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life — ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire. Based on Anderson's New York Times' best-selling memoir, “Year by the Sea” is Alexander Janko’s writing and directorial debut. Janko also has a long, successful career in music, working on more than 65 major motion picture soundtracks, including the score for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” In addition to Janko and producer Laura Goodenow, the screening features an appearance by star Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Starman,” "Animal House," and the St. Louis-shot “King of the Hill”), who will be honored with a 2016 Women in Film Award for her distinguished career. The film also has a local connection: St. Louisan Terry Schnuck was among its producers.