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Cold November Directed
Karl Jacob USA / 2017 / 91 minutes North American Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Karl Jacob, Peter Ohs, Bijou Abas, Kubilay Uner
Approaching womanhood, 12-year-old Florence experiences her first deer hunt, a traditional rite-of-passage in her matriarchal family. Drawing on his own experiences growing up in Northern Minnesota, director Karl Jacob has crafted an intimate portrait of the familial ritual of hunting, a subject that tangentially dovetails with contemporary concerns regarding firearms.
As in many world cultures where preordained ceremonies historically usher adolescents into adulthood, the protagonist in "Cold November" transforms from a child playing with a cardboard village to a seeker alone in the woods, desperate for comfort, aid and the attainment of an elusive goal. The exquisite performance of Bijou Abas as Florence, the stillness, and the evocative beauty of the landscape provide a gentle counterpoint to the real life shooting, skinning and dressing of the majestic kill.
In a world where guns equate with war and terrorism, "Cold November" reminds us that ones relationship with guns is completely different when they are used to provide nourishment. —Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Karl Jacob is an actor and filmmaker from northern Minnesota who currently splits his time between Minnesota and NYC. His co-directorial debut, Pollywogs, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2013. As an actor, he has worked with Julianne Moore and Michael Shannon in the Peter Sollett film Freeheld;, Ben Kingsley and Sasha Baron Cohen on The Dictator, Joe Swanberg in three seasons of the IFC series Young American Bodies, and on Law and Order: SVU. His films have played at festivals throughout the world, including SXSW, LAFF, TCFF, Maryland FF, Tribeca, and Cucalorus. Onur Tukel's Applesauce, which Karl produced and acted in, premiered at Tribeca in 2015. Cold November, which received the Emerging Artist grant from the Jerome Foundation and is a 2016 IFP Narrative Lab film, is his debut feature as a solo writer-director.
Cast/Featuring: Bijou Abas, Karl Jacob, Anna Klemp, Heidi Fellner, Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding
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