Locally filmed 'Sunlight Jr.' now available on demand

Although slated for a limited theatrical release in November, Laurie Collyer's Sunlight Jr., filmed in late 2011 around Pinellas County, is now available at select video-on-demand services, including Amazon Instant Video ($9.99 rental; $14.99 purchase). Sunlight Jr. stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon as Melissa and Richie, a convenience store clerk and her paraplegic boyfriend, already living hand-to-mouth when she becomes pregnant. The Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus co-stars as Melissa's bad-news former lover. Sunlight Jr. premiered to mixed reviews — each praising or panning its grim subject and execution — at the Tribeca Film Festival in April but didn't earn a U.S. distribution deal until Gravitas Ventures bought the rights in August. Based on the company's track record of negligible releases, the chances of Sunlight Jr. reaching Tampa Bay theaters appear slim. Gravitas Ventures representatives didn't reply Monday to requests for information. Check out the movie at home, and tweet your reviews to @TB_Times. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

Locally filmed 'Sunlight Jr.' now available on demand 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 4:30pm]

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