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Strange Ones, The Directed
Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein USA / 2016 / 81 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff
Two travelers, a young man and a boy, appear to be on an adventure across an undefined remote American landscape. (In fact, this unnamed place is the Hudson Valley, including Woodstock.) We assume they are two brothers on vacation, yet something feels off kilter. Who are these men and what are they after? The outstanding performances in this atmospheric thriller are a tour de force and the unforeseeable events furnish unsettling suspense. The often wet, blurry landscape, the repetitive background sounds of nature, and the determined facial expressions of the duo are one moment tender, hostile the next, with a guarded innocence on the face of the boy who falsely calls himself Jeremiah, coalesce into unease as we fear for the boy's safety. Even when circumstances become dire, their relationship remains enigmatic, as Jeremiah accepts the aid of sympathetic strangers, without revealing the true nature of their connection. — Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein are NYC-based filmmakers best known for their award-winning short films, including The Strange Ones,Jonathan's Chest,Social Butterfly, and Cigarette Candy which have screened at hundreds of film festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, AFI Fest, and more. Their first feature film, The Strange Ones, (an adaptation of their short film of the same name) premiered at SXSW 2017.
Cast/Featuring: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus
Producer(s): Sébastien Aubert, Michael Prall, Eric Schultz
Director(s): Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein
Screenwriter(s): Christopher Radcliff
Cinematographer(s): Todd Banhazl
Editor(s): Lauren Wolkstein
Sound Designer(s): Rob Lowry
Other Credits: Co-Executive Producer: Ricky Blumenstein
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