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19 January 2013 (USA) See more »
A love letter to your oceans, your lost ships, and to the shadow in your chest.
In September of 2009, 63-year-old RUDY "CLAY" CLAITONOWSKY, a rogue guitar instructor, and three of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Christopher Malinowski ... Cliff Claitonowsky

Aimee Cassada ... Jacey Edison
Chrissy Tackett ... Maggie Schick
Evangeline Young ... Audra Folden

Jean Brooks ... Merrill

Ted LeBlang ... Rick Tullivan
Shawneen Rowe ... Sarah
Gregory Tigani ... Jack
Michael McFadden ... Officer Matt Kelly
Robert Stuart ... Rudy 'Clay' Claitonowsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alexander ... Stray Man
Mina Arroyo ... Reporter
Brittany Baird ... Guitar Student

Alexis Barone ... Kelsey Whiles
Tyler Bishoff ... Server
Alan Burkhard ... Bartender
William Chamberlain ... Driving Man

Julie Chapin ... Lori Whiles
Jason Cordingly ... Stray Man
Ryan Cordingly ... Guitar Student
Shannon Cordingly ... Restaurant Patron
Michael DiCove ... Guitar Student
Larry DiMaio ... Joel
Brian Donahue ... Guitar Student
Mike Donovan ... Henchman 1
Jim Edwards ... Stray Man
Bobbi Fisher ... Guitar Student
Keith Given ... Stray Man
George Hartnett ... Guitar Student
Robert D. Heath Jr. ... Detective Ty Harkey
Cameron Hewlett ... Young Cliff
Jake Josephson ... Huffy
Cruz Kapp ... Guitar Student
James Kassees ... Dan Whiles
John Kovatch ... Guitar Student
Paul Lally Jr. ... Gus
Joyce Lopez ... Receptionist Nurse
Terry Manucci ... Barbara Folen
Jerri Martin ... Restaurant Patron
Engelia McCullough ... Therapist
D. Kevin McKee ... Stray Man
Ed McLaughlin ... Link
Mark Miller ... Stray Man
Roxanne Nawrot ... Guitar Student
Sylvia Nawrot ... Polish Interviewer
Chris Nevins
Bernie Noeller ... Paulo
Colin Nolan ... Young Carl
Joy Nolan ... Carol
Lauren Ojeda ... Greene Turtle Waitress
Richard Pack ... Bleu
Marilyn Ransom ... Donna
Ritchie Rubini ... The Slight Man
Bob Scannell ... Teddy
Justin Sharp ... Guitar Student
Christian Shaver ... Guitar Student
Jeanie Smith ... Bar Patron
Kevin Smith ... Bar Patron
Tracy Tackett ... Waitress
Frank Tier ... Henchman 2
Jessica Zarin ... Guitar Student
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Directed by
Christopher Malinowski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Malinowski  writer

Produced by
Alan Burkhard .... executive producer
Christopher Malinowski .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Malinowski 
Cinematography by
Robert Stuart 
Film Editing by
Colby Bartine 
Christopher Malinowski 
Casting by
Christopher Malinowski 
Production Design by
Noah Grant-Levine 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colby Bartine .... second assistant director
Tyler Bishoff .... trainee assistant director
Chris Black .... first assistant director
Art Department
Noah Grant-Levine .... set dresser
Terry Manucci .... set dresser
Sound Department
John Baker .... dialogue editor
John Baker .... sound effects editor
John Baker .... sound re-recording mixer
Justin Fernando Valls .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Colby Bartine .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tyler Bishoff .... grip
Chris Blakely .... best boy electric
Paul E. Chresomales .... key grip
Casey David Johnson .... assistant camera (as Casey Johnson)
Kevin Martin .... gaffer
Ian Mosley-Duffy .... additional photography
Ian Mosley-Duffy .... assistant camera
Ian Mosley-Duffy .... first assistant camera
Martin Simon .... best boy grip
Brent Weichsel .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Hergott .... wardrobe
Terry Manucci .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Chip Murphy .... colorist

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122 min
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
More Mysterious and Beautiful Than You Think, 27 April 2013
Author: casarino from United States

There's a mystery at the core of Chris Malinowski's "Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir," but it's not the one you think.

Certainly the premise - a man returns to his beach-town home, where his father and three kids, all guitar students, have gone missing - is filled with mystery. But Cliff (Malinowski) isn't all that interested in solving the riddle – he's curiously detached from the sensational news surrounding his father. But the questions and mysteries linger, and when one of the missing kids turns up, the town wants answers – and they turn to Cliff.

The film has answers, but not to the questions you thought it was asking. Clues abound - in names, in glances, in odd conversations, even in subtitles - but Malinowski isn't looking to resolve the "plot" suggested by the premise. He's looking deeper, into more personal places. And the more the film reveals (the enigmatic title is explained), the more you realize you're not watching a traditional story arc, but something much sneakier, deeper, and more challenging.

You'd be forgiven for finding "Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark" unsatisfying at first. It's not until well after the ending, when all the ideas of Malinowski's haunting work start to take shape, that you understand the movie is about something much more personal and profound than the almost (but not quite) conventional mystery proposed at the outset. Malinowski purposefully begins with a fairly straight-ahead narrative, and slowly (perhaps too slowly at times) takes it into odd, sometimes surreal places. He intentionally frustrates your expectations, forging sideways rather than ahead, until you realize you've been moving ahead the whole time. And he does it all in a beautifully-filmed movie, a loving and sumptuously-photographed portrait of a Delaware beach town.

As Cliff, Malinowski is a strong center, if sometimes a bit too passive (a trap many autobiographical filmmakers fall into). The film pulses with energy when he shows anger and passion (two scenes in particular - one odd argument between Cliff and a guitar student, one confrontation with a man who insists he WILL BUY CLIFF A DRINK, are riveting). The supporting characters, many of whom are harboring their own secrets, are excellently portrayed – standout actors include Jean Brooks, Aimee Cassada, and Gregory Tigani, but they're all very good. A thread about mysterious men in black is a bit distracting, although their leader (Ritchie Rubini) is chillingly effective – their presence is another sign that the movie refuses to bow to convention, but they feel a little forced. I suspect they partially represent a wink from Malinowski – you want a thriller, I'll give you a thriller - but they feel like misdirection. But maybe I just haven't quite figured out their place in the story yet.

But I will, because I'll be thinking about Malinowski's lyrical movie for a long time. I hope I haven't made this very entertaining film sound ponderous or alienating - even the most surreal scenes are infused with accessible emotions and strong, often poetic language. It's a fascinating piece of work that keeps you guessing right up until the final scene, where you discover Malinowski has been hiding secrets in plain sight the entire time.

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