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Dog Days of Summer (2007)

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

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Phil Walden / Narrator / B-Movie Director
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Quincy Patch
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Pastor Salem / Marty
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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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Growing up and seeing things in a different light.
24 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a good coming of age/growing up and life changing type film but more in depth about what and how the changes came about. The odd stranger that comes to the small town gives the boys a new way to look at people and things. He guides them. The way the boys perceive the town and how the stranger does also changes the town. It comes full circle for one of the boys as he loses part of his childlike hope and youthfulness in a way but is able to get it back when he comes to understand the things that occurred during that time about that particular summer and small town life.The time period was transcendent but it worked.The story was great and could have happened in any time period.The Cinematography was great and it was shot in 35mm film.The look was marvelous. It was nice that it was not all digital like so many movies. The area they filmed in had a great look and feel. It was a very interesting movie and a bit twilight zone like but not overly.I hope this breaks out of the Indie roll as it was an outstanding movie.


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