Old Town native Aron Gaudet and his filmmaking partner and wife, Gita Pullapilly, are set to write and direct a dramatic feature film based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Armstrong’s reporting on the deceptive practices of pharmaceutical companies in the opioid crisis.
Gaudet and Pullapilly are best known to Mainers as the directors of the documentary “The Way We Get By” about the Maine troop greeters, and of the Aroostook County-based feature film “Beneath the Harvest Sky.” Gaudet, a 1996 graduate of the New England School of Communications, is the son of troop greeter Joan Gaudet, who died in 2014.
“This is a subject that has been important to us, since researching ‘Beneath The Harvest Sky’ in 2010,” Gaudet said in an email Monday. “We recognize so many families in Maine, as well as across the country, have been affected by this crisis.”
The as-yet unnamed film was first announced on Friday by movie industry website Deadline, who reported that production company 101 Studios will finance and distribute the film. Armstrong told Deadline that he was “pleased that the story of this crisis, which has impacted so many families, will be shared with a movie audience. I am impressed with the vision Gita and Aron have for telling this story and confident it will resonate with audiences.”
“We believe this is the defining social issue of this generation,” Gaudet said. “David Armstrong is an incredible investigative journalist. His reporting for STAT News helped bring to light much of the truth around this crisis. And as filmmakers, we’re looking forward to sharing his work with audiences.”