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9-year-old Katie has spent her life traveling the country in an RV with her single father... until she sees her portrait on a missing child poster and realizes that the man she thinks is her loving father may in fact be her kidnapper. Meanwhile, a small-town sheriff, and the girl's grandfather, tries to figure out the truth when new evidence surfaces.

By Willie J. Hagen and Ian McCrudden, based on the novel JUNE BUG By Chris Fabry
Directed by Ian McCrudden
Produced by Thomas Hildreth, Ian McCrudden, Athena Lobit
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Thomas Hildreth is an actor, producer and writer, who stars in the 2015 Award-Winning feature CHILD OF GRACE, a crime thriller co-starring Emma Myles (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Ted Levine (Fx's THE BRIDGE), James Parks (Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT), and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (WE BOUGHT A ZOO). The film had its worldwide TV premiere in September 2015 on Lifetime Movie Network and continues to air primetime on LMN. Directed by Ian McCrudden (ISLANDER), CHILD OF GRACE is currently in distribution by Koan Distribution.

This winter/spring 2019 Thomas is producing and acting in writer/director  Eddie Alcazar’s short film VANDAL in LA as well as Jeff Johnson’s short film THE KINJIKU  based on Johnson’s short story “The Cantina Kinjiku”.Hildreth and Johnson are also developing LUNE as aTV series based on Johnson’s book “ Everything Under The Moon” as well as several film and TV projects to be filmed in Hildreth’s home state of Maine.

In 2007, Hildreth starred and produced in the critically acclaimed independent feature film ISLANDER, a classic American story, portraying the gravitas in everyday life, as one man learns to accept the consequences of his choices with grace. His cast includes Philip Baker Hall ( MAGNOLIA) and Larry Pine. ISLANDER premiered at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. He received great reviews from leading publications including the Washington Post, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Times, the Boston Globe and the Hollywood Reporter.

Hildreth has also played the contract killer Jack, in the feature MR. SMITH GETS A HUSTLER, co-starring Larry Pine. He played "Mr. Wood" in PAWN TO A KING, a short opposite James Parks (KILL BILL, CRAZY EIGHT) and Ron Canada ( LONE STAR), and was in the film festival winning AFI short "HERE DIES ANOTHER DAY, directed by Caryn West and starring John Randolph (PRIZZIS HONOR) and Judith Hoag (NASHVILLE).

Hildreth feels right at home on stage as well as the big screen. This past fall in NYC Thomas played Carlos in the world premiere of “Spin Off” by Bernard Pomerance ( The Elephant Man) and previously in NY as the lead in “The Invested” , a world premiere by Sharyn Rothstein. In Los Angeles Thomas played the lead in the world premiere of “Lights Up on the Fade Out” by Padraig Lillis at the Lillian Theatre.

Hildreth was directed by Michael Greif in THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE and appeared in Mac Wellman's SINCERITY FOREVER (world premiere) at The Berkshire Theatre Festival. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival Thomas appeared in THE AMERICAN CLOCK (world premiere) by Arthur Miller and directed by Austin Pendleton, John Guare's MOON OVER MIAMI (world premiere) opposite Nathan Lane, WIDOWS by Ariel Dorfman (world premiere) and THE DEVILS DISCIPLE opposite Richard Thomas and Patricia Clarkson. Hildreth starred in the revival of Jean Paul Sartre's THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE at HERE in New York.


As a member of The Classical Theatre Lab in LA, Hildreth appeared in JOAN OF ARC directed by Ron Maxwell, as well as productions of HAMLET, OTHELLO, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE ILIAD, THE TEMPEST, CYMBELINE and THE IDEAL HUSBAND.

Hildreth credits his success with his commitment to compelling and dangerous acting choices and his ability to submerge into a role. He credits his success as a producer from working well with fellow actors and crew and bringing out the best in people. He also values applying a perverse sense of humor to his roles.

He grew up skiing and ski racing at Sugarloaf Mountain in northern Maine, and still enjoys a vigorous game of tennis and golf. He is also an avid scuba diver.

Hildreth attended Connecticut College, New York University, and received an MFA from Rutgers University. He lives in New York city with his wife and 5 small children.


Starring Thomas Hildreth, Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Ted Levine.

Directed by Ian McCrudden



On a small fishing island off the coast of Maine, families have lived and worked off the sea for generations. Everyone knows each other. Birthright is akin to law and men inherit their fishing territories. Eben Cole, like the other fishermen, continues his family’s legacy of harvesting lobsters from the waters surrounding the island. Every year, the lobstermen’s catch gets smaller, thanks in no small part to the Mainlanders encroaching on the local claim. Tired of watching outsiders haul in his territory, Eben turns to enforcing territorial lines himself, angering some of the other fishermen including his own father.

One morning Eben sets out to confront the mainlander who has been fishing in his territory. When he finds the fisherman and his sternman hauling traps, Eben fires a warning shot. This shot, aimed squarely at the buoy the boy was hoisting out of the water, is proof enough that Eben is serious. In a panic the fisherman hits the throttle on the boat, not realizing the boy’s foot is ensnared in a rope trailing overboard. The teen is thrown into the icy waters of the Atlantic, vanishing immediately. Shock descends over Eben’s face as the full scope of his actions settles in. He sinks down in the stern of his boat, leaving himself adrift until the coast guard arrives to take him into custody.

After serving five years on a manslaughter plea, Eben returns to the island a felon and a pariah. His homecoming is bleak: his now ex-wife Cheryl has moved in with Eben’s rival and refuses to let him see his daughter Sara; his estranged father died while Eben was in prison; and, seeing him as a harbinger of bad luck, no fisherman wants Eben anywhere near his boat. From the whispers and turned backs, it is clear no one is ready to forget the past. Humbled, he is determined more than ever to rebuild his life on the island, mend his relationships and win back the respect of his daughter.

Eben takes a job at the local dump, the only place willing to hire an ex-con, but still dreams of getting back out on the water. He slowly regains his footing in his changed community. Emily, the local doctor he meets after landing in the clinic with a nasty injury, is the first person to look beyond his past and see him for the man he has become. Popper, an old fisherman from his father’s generation, hires Eben to work as the sternman on his lobster boat, an opportunity no other fisherman would consider. This old islander is weathered and gruff but kindhearted; he shows Eben the support and affection he never received from his own dad. Though Sara, Eben’s now school aged daughter, is hesitant to reconnect with her father, ultimately her instinct to learn more about her dad is too powerful to resist.

Islander is a classic American story, portraying the gravitas in the everyday as one man learns to accept the consequences of his choices with grace. Eben discovers that self-respect is the hardest thing to earn and that in community he must find it. Islander is a authentic portrait of human weakness and human courage.

Cast & Crew Credits

Sternman Productions in association with Elan Entertainment

Thomas Hildreth ---------- Eben Cole
Amy Jo Johnson ---------- Cheryl Cole
 Philip Baker Hall ---------- Popper
 Ron Canada ---------- T. Hardy
 Larry Pine ---------- Old Man Cole
 Mark Kiely ---------- Jimmy
 James Parks ---------- Pokey
 Judy Prescott ---------- Emily
 Emma Ford ---------- Sara Cole
 Zach Batchelder ---------- Wyatt

Ian McCrudden ---------- Director
 Ian McCrudden & Thomas Hildreth ---------- Writers
 Thomas Hildreth ---------- Producer
 Melissa Davis ---------- Producer
 Forrest Murray ---------- Producer
 Dan Coplan ---------- Director of Photography
 Marc Jozefowicz. ---------- Editor
 Daniel Boxer ---------- Production Designer
Billy Mallery ---------- Music




"Markedly superior to current Hollywood fare... Beautifully cast and well-scripted... photography breathtaking"
- James Verniere, Boston Herald

"A noble entry into the real world of timeless and truly independent American cinema."
- Ted Fry, Seattle Times

"...original story... breathtaking cinematography...  infinite appeal... acting talent... there is plenty here to love"
- WGBH's Greater Boston

"...'Islander' is the very best I've seen."
- Marty Meltz, Portland Press Herald

"intelligent and compelling drama"
- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter


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