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Andie MacDowell stars in Prof. Russ Harbaugh's "Love After Love." (Credit: Chris Teague)

The U.S. rights to Love After Love, the celebrated feature film debut of director Russell Harbaugh, a professor in the Department of Radio, Television, Film, has been acquired by IFC Films, a distributor of independent and documentary films.

Russ Harbaugh

“Selling your film and having it shown in theaters is the goal of every indie film director,” said Harbaugh, who also co-wrote Love After Love with Eric Mendelsohn.  “IFC has a celebrated history of releasing some of the very best American films and we are proud to partner with them.”

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and stars Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd in a story that follows a family’s struggle to recover after the death of their beloved patriarch.

A statement from IFC Films noted: “Love After Love is an elegant and contemplative drama featuring Andie MacDowell at her absolute finest. In his first feature film, Russell Harbaugh has shown he can handle complex material with a masterful hand and we’re thrilled to be able work with him and his team on the release.”    A date for the release has not yet been announced.

The film also won critical praise from The Hollywood Reporter, which noted that “Harbaugh coaxes fine, unfalteringly natural work from the entire cast,” while Variety said, “Love After Love is an assured debut feature that announces its writer-director as a formidable new American indie voice.”

At the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Professor Harbaugh teaches undergraduate courses including Intro to Screenwriting, Script Analysis, and Advanced Screenwriting.

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