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Distances (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Thriller | 2013 (USA)
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Following the sudden death of his father, a young man returns to his home town only to be haunted by a memory he didn't know existed.
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Cast overview:
Jordan Tanner Jordan Tanner ... Graham Richards
Shauna La Shauna La ... Leah
Jackie McCardell Jr. Jackie McCardell Jr. ... Windham
Daniel Rice Daniel Rice ... Jacob
Kelly Ramel Kelly Ramel ... Amber
Luke Lagrange Luke Lagrange ... Toby (as Luke LaGrange)
Dunya McCammon Bean Dunya McCammon Bean ... Graham's Mother
Tom Elia Tom Elia ... Graham's Father
Tracy E. Hamilton Tracy E. Hamilton ... Secretary
Brandon E. Marshall Brandon E. Marshall ... Drummer
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Following the sudden death of his father, 27 year-old Graham Richards shuns the path set out before him of running his family's publishing company and drops out of graduate school to return to his home town of Austin, Texas. Here, Graham hopes to reconnect with his old friends, Windham and Jacob, and gain the love of his removed best friend, Leah, all while pursuing his undying passion of being a musician. Now the master of his own destiny, Graham's new life is better than imagined until he becomes haunted by experiences of breaks with reality that attack and slowly strip him of all he knows and loves. Becoming more and more infuriated, Graham eventually confronts that which is haunting him: himself. It is in this confrontation that Graham realizes he has yet to acknowledge a painful, suppressed memory about his family that will change his life forever. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music | Thriller

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Not Rated

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USA

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English

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2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Better Lived Than Dreamed See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Film Review by Cosmic Twins
24 October 2011 | by brandonmarshall-3See all my reviews

How far does a man have to go to get back to himself?

Written and directed by newbie Brandon E. Marshall, this little gem showcases a budding talent.

Grieving from the sudden loss of his father in a car accident, Graham Richards (Jordan Tanner) drops out of grad school and abandons the family publishing business to return to Austin, Texas where he reconnects with old friends and hopes to find, if not healing, then at least solace in the local music scene. Graham is passionate about two things: music and Leah (Shauna La), the old girlfriend he had left behind in Austin two years earlier.

Understanding his depression, Graham's buddies attempt to raise his spirits while at the same time giving him plenty of space to work things out in his own mind. Conveniently, his friend Windham (Jackie McCardell, Jr.) is also a psychologist. The problem is that his mind seems to be playing tricks on him in the form of increasingly confusing and frightening hallucinations. Leah wants to comfort him, maybe even heat up their old relationship, but is frustrated and angered by Graham's odd behavior.

Why is Graham experiencing these psychotic breaks with reality? How bizarre and violent will they become? As he slowly realizes that he must face up to and understand what is causing the inner turmoil, he is also in danger of destroying his chances with either a music career or the lovely Leah. Working within the constraints of a lower-than-low budget, Marshall has carefully crafted his story into an entertaining and suspenseful movie experience. He has given us believable characters, particularly in the two leads Graham (Jordan Tanner) and Leah (Shauna La) who exhibit a good on-screen chemistry. Taking full advantage of a beautiful location, we also get some wonderful glimpses of Austin. With a couple of minor exceptions, the movie flows well from scene to scene and is nicely balanced with interesting camera angles and artistic shots. Another great aspect of this film is the soundtrack and original music by Jordan Tanner. The lead actor truly shines when performing his own music as he is an authentic Austin musician.

Marshall makes the most of meager resources available to him. The only thing that comes across at times as a little less than polished and professional are performances of the secondary characters. A more experienced cast could have made a big difference in the final product. Also, the final scene felt a trifle flat and tacked on, as if there was some obligation to wrap up the story in a "Hollywood ending." The dialog, for the most part, felt authentic with some moments of true, natural humor as well as some genuine darker episodes.

The bottom line here is not simply about the entertainment value of the movie itself, but the potential it promises for Marshall. Hopefully this movie will get some well-deserved attention on the indie film festival circuit. I'm anxious now to see what he and Out There Productions can accomplish with a real chunk of money, not a shorter-than-shoestring budget. It should be awesome.

  • Cosmic Twins


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