After a robbery gone wrong, Aaron - barricaded in a rest stop bathroom - faces down the police, hallucinations, and a grim secret.


R.D. Womack II


R.D. Womack II
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Credited cast:
Aleksander Ristic ... Aaron Foster
Marcus Johns ... Elijah Whelan
Angela Nordeng ... Laura Whelan
Phil LaMarr ... Lt. Arnold Koch (voice)
Nikolay Moss ... Sam Steilmann (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael K. Brown Michael K. Brown ... Clerk
Isabel Canzoneri ... Customer
Anthony Cook Anthony Cook ... Sheriff's Deputy
Matthew Gengel Matthew Gengel ... Sheriff's Deputy
Ricardo Molina ... Officer Burgess (voice)
Jessica Ristic Jessica Ristic ... 911 Operator (voice) (as Jessica Manherz)
Dominic Syracuse ... Vern Daugherty (voice)


Aaron, a petty criminal from the wrong side of the tracks teams with his girlfriend's brother to rob a pawnshop. When the robbery goes south he barricades himself in a rest stop bathroom triggering a standoff with the police. As his reality slowly unstitches Aaron struggles to balance his unfaltering love for Laura with the inevitability of his situation. Featuring commanding performances from Aleksander Ristic, Angela Nordeng, and Marcus Johns, IN THIS GRAY PLACE is a memorable, beautiful story of a desperate man clashing with destiny.

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Although all of the phone conversations were recorded after principal photography, actress Angela Nordeng insisted on being present during filming to read her lines in order to help with authenticity. See more »

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How to make an indie film
3 July 2019 | by duvalmentisSee all my reviews

There's some great thing about this film, some bad things, and a ton in-between. Let's talk the technical execution first. The movie has powerful music, great camera work, the editing is top notch and actually brings a lot of personality, and I'm even going to say the premise is pretty cool, especially the twist at the end.

I'm not a big fan of the poetic stuff. Feels kinda forced. But I do like how the idea of destiny keeps popping up. As if destiny is something inevitable, just like it's inevitable how the movie is going to end. There really isn't any other way out.

Another thing. It's a standoff movie. He shoots at the cops so I understand they wouldn't go in guns blazing, but after the tear gas it would be all over. I understand most people thinks cops just shoot to kill when in fact they would want to breach safely hence the negotiator, but c'mon! 1 tear gas can and the whole thing would be done.

Overall the idea of having a single location movie is pretty tough. You get a sense of claustrophobia for sure, but after a while it does start to get old. The acting was pretty spot on throughout but there were a few rough patches here and there. The director uses flashbacks to keep us interested which mostly works but from time to time it can also feel monotonous. For being a no budget independent film I think there's a lot here to be applauded. There are a couple of really amazing scenes but they are scattered too thin in my good. Solid effort for a indie movie.

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Release Date:

25 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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In This Gray Place See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Bmwood, Womack Film Works See more »
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2.35 : 1
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