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Song of Sway Lake, The
Directed by
Ari Gold

USA / 2017 / 101
East Coast Premiere

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Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Ari Gold, Rory Culkin
In this lyrical ode to nostalgia, time and place play an important role alongside the exceptionally strong cast. Set circa 1990 in the resort town Sway Lake, temperamental Ollie (Rory Culkin) and his duplicitous Russian friend (Robert Sheehan), visit his ancestral home to search for a rare record album collected by Rory's late father. There they face his icy grandmother (Mary Beth Peil) and distressed helper (Elizabeth Peña). Haunted by his father's ghost, Ollie is driven to find the record as a keepsake, though his grandmother seeks to sell it. In a complex story of loyalty, betrayal, love, and intrigue, set against a backdrop of big band sounds and raucous teens cavorting on the lake, we encounter both the falling apart and coming together in what is an atypical boy-meets-girl (and boy-meets-woman) summer romance, with full-on family dysfunction. The Song of Sway Lake is an impressive character study of everyone involved. — Ben F. Fischer
Ari Gold is a student-Oscar-winning writer, director, and artist whose films are linked by musical and environmental themes. He directed the cult comedy "Adventures of Power", and dozens of award-winning shorts and videos that have been presented everywhere from Sundance to Karlovy-Vary. He also directed the Woodstock award-winning short film "Helicopter", about his mother's death, which he is now expanding into a feature film with psychomagic advice from Alejandro Jodorowsky. His next major project, currently in development, is an action-adventure series.
Cast/Featuring: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, Elizabeth Peña, Isabelle McNally
Executive Producer(s): Anne Bernstein, Garrett Fennelly
Producer(s): Michael Bederman, Zak Kilberg, Allison Carter, Ari Gold
Director(s): Ari Gold
Screenwriter(s): Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull
Cinematographer(s): Eric Lin
Editor(s): Todd Holmes, Gabriel Wrye
Production Designer(s): Ada Smith
Composer(s)/Music: Ethan Gold
Sound Designer(s): Eli Cohn
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