In 2018, Nick Frangione directed BUCK RUN, an atmospheric drama set in his hometown of rural Pennsylvania, with the incredible cast of James Le Gros (CERTAIN WOMEN), Kevin J. O'Connor (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), Amy Hargreaves (13 REASONS WHY), Alicia Goranson (ROSEANNE), Jim Parrack (FURY), Angus Macfadyen (BRAVEHEART), and starring Nolan Lyons (BOARDWALK EMPIRE). The film premiered Opening Weekend at Palm Springs International Film Festival. Frangione infused the film with his own childhood experience, which closely resembled that of Buck Run's 15-year-old lead character, delicately exploring teen grief, life in small-town America, and the fallibility of parental love.
Frangione worked on the film with acclaimed filmmaker and editor David Barker (WHITE SUN), and finished post-production with Haos Film's Maria Hatzakou and Matthew Johnson (ATTENBERG, CHEVALIER), as well as sound-designer Leandros Ntounis (DOGTOOTH).
Since its premiere, the film garnered the First Prize for Best Feature at the Oscar-Qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best Feature Film Award at The Santorini Film Festival in Greece, and the Orson Welles Award at Tiburon International Film Festival for Frangione. It screened Closing Night at San Antonio Film Festival with Netflix Documentary AYOTZINAPA, EL PASO DE LA TORTUGA from Oscar Winning Co-Producer Guillermo Del Toro, and will play Breckenridge Film Festival in September, and San Diego International Film Festival in October among films like Terrence Malik’s A HIDDEN LIFE and Noah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY.