Ben Caird USA / 2016 / 103:25 minutes New York Premiere
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"Halfway" is a quietly tense drama built around a powerhouse performance by Quinton Aaron ("The Blind Side"). Aaron plays Byron, a casualty of the failed American prison system, transplanted to rural Wisconsin to work on his white stepbrother's farm as a means of staying on the straight-and-narrow. Byron's dark skin and massive physique stand in stark contrast to the conservative locals, but that's okay; bottle-feeding calves and shoveling shit offer a welcomed respite as he attempts to adapt to life on probation despite pressure from old pals and an unforeseen discovery in his new environment.
Writer-director Ben Caird effectively employs a naturalistic style that often leaves us wondering whether we're watching a documentary. Caird holds his cards close to the vest and allows tensions to simmer just below the surface, slowly revealing an unforgiving world where broken people struggle not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked against them. --Jon Greenhalgh
BIO: Ben Caird completed his diploma in digital filmmaking from London's SAE Institute and founded Kino Persona, a company that produced viral media and promotional content for the music industry.
Caird enrolled in the world renowned London Film School in 2008. In 2011, he completed his Master of Arts in Filmmaking, graduating as a director with his short film, "Drift," which won Best Student Short at the inaugural London Lift-Off Festival. Caird's next short, "Farmhand," was officially selected in the London Short Film Festival and was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2013 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.
Caird's feature debut, "Halfway", world premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in competition and won Best Feature at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.
Cast/Featuring: Quinton Aaron, Jeffrey DeMunn, Amy Pietz, Gillian Zinser, Marcus Henderson, TJ Power,
Nicole Scimeca, Stephen O'Donnell
Executive Producer(s): Tommy Oliver, Quinton Aaron, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, Bonnie Greenberg
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