Down In Shadowland Directed
Tom DiCillo USA / 2014 / 67 minutes World Premiere
A conversation with director Tom DiCillo will follow the screening.
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Tom DiCillo
If the whole of humanity were marched before our eyes, it might resemble Down in Shadowland, a descent into the subterranean universe of the iconic New York City subway. Told in eight parts, each probing ever more deeply into the human psyche, Shadowland is a profound meditation on the human condition.
This is a world where the camera is restless, constantly exploring, unearthing private movements, holding until we are struck with revelation. A telephone receiver hangs down, an impotent reminder of disconnect, like the hordes of people oblivious of one another. Just when we think we’re following someone, they disappear. The train itself becomes both serpent and protector, alternately maniacal and comforting. Every strata of life – howling madmen, distracted mothers, sleepy children – reveals itself.
Bold, masterful and entirely unpredictable with a soundtrack that propels us forward with the velocity of the train itself, Shadowland is a remarkable film that leaves no doubt we are in the hands of a master. –Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Tom DiCillo is one of the founding members of the American Independent film movement. His internationally awarded films include Johnny Suede, starring Brad Pitt, Living In Oblivion, with Steve Buscemi, Box of Moonlight, The Real Blonde, Double Whammy, and Delirious. DiCillo also made the first documentary about The Doors, When You're Strange, which won a Grammy in 2012.
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