Documentarian Samantha Buck's Next Project: A 1980-Set Political Feature Film Called The Big D.
Awards season has arrived in the film world, and, already, it seems certain that Samantha Buck's PBS-aired documentary Best Kept Secret is destined to take home some significant honors.
Or, one imagines, it should: The film, which boasts a perfect 100 rating on Metacritic, is, by all accounts, an “exemplary” and “moving” tale, focusing on Newark, New Jersey, special needs educator Janet Mino and her efforts to get her autistic students ready for the real world after graduation forces them out of the public school system.
Online Hollywood trade publication The Wrap certainly thinks highly of the film, going so far as to say that it just “may be the best kept secret of the year” in an interview with director Buck, who was born in Dallas, but raised in Washington. D.C.
Still, Buck's ties to Dallas seem significant enough: Buried near the bottom of that The Wrap piece, Buck (also an actress with credits including What Maisie Knew and the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods) reveals that her next directorial project will focus on a story set in her birthplace.
As opposed to Best Kept Secret, though, his next effort, called The Big D for now, will be a feature film effort, even if its inspiration is still fact-based.
“It's set in Dallas during the summer of 1980,” Buck tells The Wrap. “It's an identity movie about three women working for the Reagan-Carter campaigns, and it's inspired by real women who were involved with politics in Dallas at that time.”
Sounds interesting, no? In the meantime, give the trailer for Best Kept Secret a watch below. Interested in watching the film in its entirety? It's already available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant and other digital platforms.