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Down Down the Deep River (2014)

| Short, Drama, Fantasy
A poetic, abstract tribute to classic children's fantasy films, "Down Down the Deep River" was conceived as a visual song and written and directed by Will Sheff, lead singer and writer for ... See full summary »

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Will Sheff
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Credited cast:
Dustin Cournoyer Dustin Cournoyer ... The Boy
Griffin Gamache Griffin Gamache ... His Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Abbatiello Ben Abbatiello ... A Bully
Quinn Biron Quinn Biron ... Cool Kid (as Quinn Biron Warren)
Luke Bonner Luke Bonner ... The Being
Ed Brouder Ed Brouder ... Radio Announcer 1 (voice)
Cleo Cleo ... The Family Dog
Andrew Duany Andrew Duany ... Cool Kid
Dan Falcone Dan Falcone ... His Dad
Megan Falcone Megan Falcone ... His Mom
Seamus Good Seamus Good ... Smooth Teen
Sasha Green Sasha Green ... Cool Kid
Ken Hayes Ken Hayes ... Hunter
Nancy Heyl Nancy Heyl ... His Friend's Mom
Robin McDonald Robin McDonald ... His Brother
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A poetic, abstract tribute to classic children's fantasy films, "Down Down the Deep River" was conceived as a visual song and written and directed by Will Sheff, lead singer and writer for Okkervil River. The film was shot in Sheff's hometown in rural New Hampshire and stars local actors.

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We can never go back, we can only remember.

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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Short, sweet and scary
13 May 2015 | by pivicSee all my reviews

This is a lovable short film courtesy of Will Sheff, the man behind Okkervil River, who spent his youth growing up in New Hampshire in the 1980s and wrote the band's latest album, "The Silver Gymnasium", about this experience; this short film is a kind of appendix to that album, where we get to follow a boy through friendship and beyond, to what communicating without words is about, while delving through a barrage or 1980s nick-nacks.

All in all, I think the film suffers a little from all the 1980s regalia everywhere, as though they would make for a better film; that's just a mini gripe, as the film itself is really strong through the choice to not use much dialogue, and for bringing out what being a kid could be like, for good and bad.


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English

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New Hampshire, USA

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