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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jim Mickle, Linda Moran, Kassie DePaiva
SYNOPSIS: We Are What We Are, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.
Jim Mickle was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from NYU’s undergraduate film program.
Prior to We Are What We Are was Jim’s critically acclaimed second feature, Stake Land (WFF 2010), drew on the post-apocalyptic frenzy described by Richard Matheson (author of the novel I Am Legend) and George Romero. Stake Land won the People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness Section of the 2010 TIFF and was distributed by IFC Films.
Jim’s first feature, Mulberry Street earned acclaim for its atmospheric representation of a deadly virus in Manhattan that turns people into rat-like creatures, and earned the “Best Independent Feature” award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Jim first toured the festival circuit with The Underdogs (WFF 2004), where he started his relationship with Nick Damici, co-writer and actor on all of Jim’s features, including We Are What We Are. With three features under his belt, each one more mature than the last, Jim’s career trajectory has been hailed by horror aficionados as a genre master crossing over into mainstream appeal.
Mickle recently wrapped production on Cold in July in the Hudson Valley. The film stars Sam Shepard, Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson.
Cast/Featuring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Kelly McGillis, Michael Parks
Executive Producer(s): Rene Bastian, Brett Fitzgerald, Emilie Georges, Tanja Meissner, Linda Moran, Mo Noorali,
Producer(s): Rodrigo Bellott, Andrew Corkin, Nicholas Shumaker, Jack Turner
Director(s): Jim Mickle
Screenwriter(s): Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Cinematographer(s): Ryan Samul
Production Designer(s): Russell Barnes
Composer(s)/Music: Philip Mossman, Darren Morris, Jeff Grace
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