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Dog Days of Summer (2007)

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A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town.

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Quincy Patch
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As Phil Walden wanders the streets of his deserted hometown, the memories of a fateful childhood summer return. The summer he grew up. The summer that turned this once idyllic paradise upside down. The summer the stranger came to town. This stranger doesn't beg for change, peddle ointments or speak soothe, Eli Cottonmouth builds models - enchanting models, and this sleepy southern town will be the perfect subject. His charm bewitches the townsfolk. His intentions concern the town fathers. And his secrecy captivates two curious boys. As Eli works to re-create the true essence of the community, the boys act as his eyes and ears. Armed with his ancient camera, they snap vignettes of small town life. But, shot-by-shot, Eli changes the way they look at the town. Childish wonderment turns to despair as the boys' eyes open to the true nature of the world around them. That understanding, and Eli's hidden purpose, threaten the existence of the entire town. Written by Anonymous

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$2,973 (USA) (18 April 2008)

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$5,383 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Mark Freiburger mentions (at 03:55 in the DVD featurette) that within two weeks of his graduation from North Carolina School of the Arts he had moved to Edenton to begin shooting Dog Days of Summer (2007). After shooting in the summer, the production took a hiatus (Devon Gearhart was engaged in the shooting for Canvas (2006) in October and November, 2005) and shot the scenes with the adult Phillip Walden (a.k.a. Phil Walden) in winter. See more »

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The running shoes out of place on the hardwood floor that Jackson's dad calls him out on (11:15 to 11:30) were not the black and white ones Jackson was wearing when he came home (09:36). See more »

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An inspiring first film.
12 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I felt this film was very special, as I am an aspiring kid out of college and going on to do film/video production at university, it was a great inspiration to me, and definitely an encouragement during my gap year to work hard at my own ideas. Mark has everything that makes a good director, Determination, a good cinematic eye, and kindness. Which i think clearly shows through each scene during the film. It had a warm, yet sinister atmosphere. With a very down-to-earth approach, therefore holding the brutal truth for some characters. He matched the soundtrack well with the scenes (especially the opening scene), which I picked up on a lot as I am looking to first go into music video production. Overall, I think mark and his crew made a first film to be very proud of, and I can sympathise with how much effort and patience it must have taken to get the film to where it is today. I can't wait to see what else Mr. Freiburger has up his sleeve!


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