Peak Season


Director(s): Henry Loevner & Steven Kanter

Film description: Feeling neglected during a getaway with her fiancé to the wealthy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, New York yuppie Amy finds herself drawn to the free-spirited Loren, a local wilderness guide.

Programmers notes: Eric Hatch endorsing a contemporary rom-com? If you followed my work over my years at Maryland Film Festival, you know that me doing so is a rarity—and that when I do, the film in question must be something very special. Well, I adore PEAK SEASON. Each character, no matter how small, makes an impression. The humor often surprises, and always hits. The central relationships all resonate with real dimensionality. The setting of Jackson Hole, Wyoming offers uncommon natural beauty, but also opens up a fascinating microcosm of 1% privilege in this era of late-capitalist gig-economizing.

But more than anything else: if you need to remember what it feels like to fall for someone, this film conveys that like few others. There are scenes in Peak Season I’ve thought about each day since I first saw it months ago. Programming a film festival is, in part, about wanting to share a meaningful experience you’ve had with others, and it’s in that spirit that I say: the many pleasures of Peak Season worked like magic on me.

Writer(s): Henry Loevner

Producer(s): Lovell Holder, Patrick Ward, Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter

Editor(s): Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter

Cinematographer(s): Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter

Country of origin: USA

Principal cast: Claudia Restrepo, Derrick Deblasis, Ben Coleman, Fred Melamed, Stephanie Courtney

Language: English

Year: 2023

Duration: 80 minutes

Premiere status: Maryland premiere