THE MISTOVER TALE is a modern interpretation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, The Return Of The Native, set “some time ago” on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where it was shot in entirety. The pristine beaches and open moors of Martha’s Vineyard set the mood for first-time writer-director Harry Tappan Heher’s haunting indie drama. “The Mistover Tale” tells the story of the frustrated and ambitious Cliona MacEgan (Naomi Packard Dunn), trapped by circumstance on the island of her birth. Her lover, Ned Luce (Kevin Rice), a handsome ne’er-do-well, is forced into a shotgun marriage with the prim and sincere Tamsin Goodrich (Heidi Pulkkinen), daughter of the disapproving matron Mrs. Priscilla Goodrich (Lee Fierro). Mrs. Goodrich is equally horrified when her only son, the idealistic but flawed Henry (Harry Tappan Heher), returns to the island. Henry has left behind a promising career in New York City for a simpler island life. Cliona wrongly perceives Henry as her chance to escape to the City. Her ongoing affair with Ned catches the eye of caretaker Redmond (Patrick Henaghan), setting off conflicts that lead to tragedy. “The Mistover Tale” shows us how our own natures - and the natural forces around us - can determine our fate, and transform death into rebirth.

Nature is Fate.

  Photo: © Molly Peters

Photo: © Molly Peters