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Automatic Hate, The
Directed by
Justin Lerner

USA / 2015 / 97

East Coast Premiere

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Katharine O'Brien
How would you react if you discovered everything you thought you knew about your family turned out not to be so? After an enigmatic visit to his dying grandfather and the surprise appearance of an alluring and whimsical young woman claiming to be his cousin, Davis Greene discovers a family he never knew existed. Gingerly, he allows himself to be seduced into uncovering the past. But as estranged cousins Davis and Alexis grow close to each other, they discover the dark secret that shattered the relationship of their fathers.

The second feature film from director Justin Lerner, The Automatic Hate is an intimate and gripping portrait of a family told with spectacular pacing and assured direction, offering plenty of surprise turns along the way. Starting out as a simple indie drama, where Davis and his girlfriend are struggling to understand their relationship, The Automatic Hate evolves into a heartbreaking romance that spans two generations of families broken apart.

-Sam Robotham

Justin Lerner is an Emmy and Gotham Award-winning writer/director born in State College, Pennsylvania. He studied Theater Arts and Film at Cornell University, where he graduated cum laude. In 2007, he received his MFA in Directing at UCLA Film School, where his thesis film The Replacement Child was awarded with two student Emmys, one for Best Drama and the other for Best Director. His first feature film, Girlfriend, made its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win three other festivals and the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. The Automatic Hate is Lerner's second feature. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Cast/Featuring: Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Ricky Jay, Richard Schiff, Yvonne Zima, Vanessa Zima, Catherine Carlen, Caitlin O'Connell
Producer(s): Alix Madigan, Lacey Leavitt, Justin Lerner
Director(s): Justin Lerner
Screenwriter(s): Justin Lerner, Katharine O'Brien
Cinematographer(s): Quyen Tran
Editor(s): Jeff Castelluccio
Production Designer(s): Alexandra Regazzoni
Composer(s)/Music: Hunter Brown
Sound Designer(s): Jeffery Alan Jones
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