BANGOR — From Vacationland to La La Land, Old Town native Aron Gaudet and his wife, Gita Pullapilly have a movie deal with Paramount Plus and Showtime.
“I had wanted to make movies and felt like Hollywood was as far away from where I grew up as possible,” said Director and Writer Aron Gaudet. “It was a lot of trying to figure out, ‘How do I do that?'”
Gaudet is a graduate of the New England School of Communications.
“We’d go to the movies, the Bangor Cinema, almost every weekend and see a couple of movies,” he said.
Gaudet and Pullapilly first broke out as filmmakers from their Maine-based documentary, The Way We Get By.
Now they’re living in Los Angeles, trying their hand at comedy as the writers and directors for the new movie, Queenpins.
The movie is inspired by a true story that Pullapilly stumbled across in an article.
“It was on a coupon blog,” Pullapilly said. “I don’t even know how I got to the coupon blog really.”
It follows Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as they start a coupon club, scamming millions of dollars from companies.
“The people of Maine have tracked our progress as filmmakers from The Way We Get By to Beneath the Harvest Sky, now to Queenpins,” said Pullapilly. “They get to see the evolution of our career as we go from bigger and bigger films.”
The movie is expected to hit theaters on Sept. 10.
“We’re so excited for people to come out and see Queenpins in theaters,” she said.