Indie Drama 'Uncertain Terms' Picked Up by Breaking Glass

uncertain terms Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Breaking Glass Films

uncertain terms Still - H 2015

Nathan Silver's feature premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival to positive reviews.

Breaking Glass has picked up North American rights to Uncertain Terms, a drama from prolific indie filmmaker Nathan Silver.

The film centers on thirty-something Robbie (David Dahlbom) who takes time away from his failing marriage in New York City to visit his aunt (Cindy Silver) in the Hudson River Valley, where she runs a rehabilitation home for pregnant, unmarried teens. He quickly becomes both a welcome guest and a source of jealousy and competition for the girls, while working to resolve his own issues.

Silver wrote the script with Chloe Domont and cinematographer and editor Cody Stokes. It's the director's third outing in three years, following Soft in the Head and Exit Elena, and it features hallmarks of his work like improvised dialogue and new and non-professional actors (including his mother, who plays Robbie's aunt).

It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014 to positive reviews. THR's Justin Lowe writes, "Silver’s camera nicely captures the languor of a humid summer leisurely spent in the leafy Hudson Valley — with some exterior shots, particularly during the girls’ frequent woodsy walks and intimate conversations — verging on the quietly lyrical." The New York Times praises the "intimate, ambling drama" for "pack[ing] a miniseries' worth of regrets, resentment and ignored cellphone calls into 71 minutes."

Domont produced with Industry Standard's Josh Mandel and Neighborhood Watch's Richard Peete.

Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and BGP's Bill Straus negotiated the deal with the filmmakers. The distributor is planning a theatrical release for spring 2015.

"We feel Nathan Silver is one of the most dynamic young filmmakers today. Uncertain Terms is an important film for indie film culture, and Breaking Glass Pictures is proud to bring this art-house piece to mainstream audiences," said Breaking Glass vp sales Mike Repsch in a statement.

The Philadelphia-based distributor's slate includes Larry Clark's Marfa Girl, which won top honors at the 2012 Rome Film Festival, and the psychological thriller White Rabbit, which stars The Fault in Our Stars' Sam Trammell and Tomorrowland's Britt Robertson. Among its previous releases are the gay romantic thriller Out in the Dark and the documentary Unhung Hero.

Jan. 27, 1:44 p.m. A previous version of this story listed Bill Straus as with Breaking Glass, not BGP. THR regrets the error.