Better Angels, The Directed
A.J. Edwards USA / 2013 / 94 minutes CLOSING NIGHT FILM East Coast Premiere
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At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick's longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards.
A.J. Edwards was born in Walnut Creek, CA and raised in San Antonio, TX. In 2004, he was co-cinematographer on the documentary, The Making of the New World as well as co-editor of the Terrence Malick film, The New World. Edwards has since worked with Malick as 2nd unit director and co-editor on several other features, including Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem, and Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman. On The Tree of Life, Edwards was also integral in the development of the project, assisting in the casting of the major players, namely, three young boys. This was achieved through an exhaustive, nationwide search that resulted in tremendous success. The naturalism of the unknown boys brought great authenticity and believability to the historical drama. The Better Angels is Edwards debut film.
Cast/Featuring: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, and Braydon Denney as a young Abe Lincoln
Executive Producer(s): Jason Krigsfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Suzanne Deal Booth, Antoine Douaihy
Producer(s): Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito, Charley Beil
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