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Exit Elena
Directed by
Nathan Silver

USA / 2012 / 72

US Premiere

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Enter Elena, the quiet, fresh-faced newly christened assistant nurse. Under the impression she's been prepared for the obstacles of being a live-in aide, she soon learns she's been prepared for everything but her employing family. Jim and Cindy hire Elena to help with Jim's elderly, over-looked mother Florence. Struggling to maintain her professionalism in the face of Cindy's persistent requests that she become part of the family, Elena tries to keep her composure. On top of being forced into conversation, Zumba and to events she has no reason to attend, enter Nathan, Jim and Cindy's neurotic, rebellious son. Elena tries to work her way through the maze of troubles this family has while still caring for Florence, but as circumstances change, she must decide where to turn next.

In his second feature film, Director Nathan Silver takes viewers on a captivating ride through a family in crisis and the stranger who is thrust into their world. As she manages the best she can, ultimately she knows what must be done despite Cindy's demands to stay. Exit Elena. –Alana Davis

Nathan Silver lamented being born in the 20th century until he saw his first Buñuel movie. If he couldn't be a 19th century French poet, he could at least be a 21st century American filmmaker. So, Silver got his pile of French poems together and submitted them to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and was accepted into the Dramatic Writing Program. He graduated with honors in 2005.

Since then, Nathan has written and directed three feature films and four short films. Nathan’s short, "Anecdote,” premiered at Slamdance Film Festival 2008. His first feature, "The Blind,” premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2009, and had its North American premiere at Cinequest 2011. His second feature, "Exit Elena," had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012. Filmmaker Magazine called it "an exquisite gem of a movie." His third feature, "Soft in the Head," is currently in post-production.

Cast/Featuring: Kia Davis, Cindy Silver, Jim Chiros, Gert O'Connell, Daisy, Nathan Silver
Executive Producer(s): Harvey L. Silver
Producer(s): Nathan Silver
Director(s): Nathan Silver
Screenwriter(s): Nathan Silver, Kia Davis
Cinematographer(s): David Dahlbom
Editor(s): Nathan Silver, Kia Davis, Cody Stokes
Composer(s)/Music: Washington Phillips
Sound Designer(s): Arjun G. Sheth

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