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The Vast of Night ()


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In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

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Fay Crocker
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Everett
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Mabel Blanche
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Billy (voice)
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Bertsie
Gregory Peyton ...
Benny Wade
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Susan Oliver
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Marjorie Seward
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Gretchen Hankins
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Sam
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Lon Stemmons
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Daisy Oliver
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Fred Seward
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Mrs. McBroom / Jane Greer / Winfred
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Ruth Reynolds
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Speares
James Mayberry ...
Renny
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Josephine (voice)
Grant James ...
Arlo
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Grace (voice)
Gordon Fox ...
Pruitt
John Gindling ...
Cavage
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Ethel (voice)
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Albert Cotesworth
L.A. Young ...
Benson
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Basketball Fan
Mark Banik ...
Gerald
David H. Boyd ...
Basketball Fan
Rebeckah Boykin ...
Girl on Tape
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Basketball Fan
Brittany Cofer ...
Basketball Fan
Adam Dietrich ...
Rodkey Oliver
Crystal Gattis ...
Basketball Fan
Corinne Griffin ...
Basketball Fan
Laura Griffin ...
Mother of 3 kids / townsperson
PaulaSu Grisham ...
Basketball Fan / Mom
Shelley Kaehr ...
Basketball Fan
Tayci Miller ...
Basketball Fan
Roger D. Paschal ...
Basketball Fan
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Basketball Fan
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Basketball Fan

Directed by

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Andrew Patterson

Written by

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James Montague ... ()
 
Craig W. Sanger ... ()

Produced by

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Adam Dietrich ... producer
Caleb Henry ... executive producer
Melissa Kirkendall ... producer
James Montague ... producer
Marcus Ross ... executive producer
Eric A. Williams ... executive producer

Music by

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Erick Alexander
Jared Bulmer

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M.I. Littin-Menz ... (cinematography) (as Miguel Ioann Littin Menz)

Editorial Department

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Emily Eddey ... head of post operations
Nehemiah Knox ... assistant editor
Junius Tully ... editor

Casting By

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Sally Allen
Toni Cobb Brock
Andrei Constantinescu
Adam Dietrich

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Adam Dietrich

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Jonathan Rudak

Makeup Department

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Adriana Barker ... hair and makeup assistant
Krischelle Blackwell ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Ginny Cato ... hair and makeup assistant
Judy Staats ... makeup department head
Janet Tallent-Dickson ... hair department head
Vivienne Vermuth ... hair and makeup assistant

Production Management

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Melissa Kirkendall ... unit production manager
Chelsea Jena Williams ... key set production assistant

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Cristen Leah Haynes ... additional second assistant director
Brandi Price ... second assistant director
Jeff Weiss ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Tyler Corie ... set dresser
Elliott Gilbert ... property master
Paul Jaurez ... scenic painter
David Jeeter ... sign construction
Elliot Johnson ... scenic painter
Elliott Johnson ... art department

Sound Department

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Crow Duemig ... boom operator (as Joseph Duemig)
Erik Duemig ... production sound mixer
Brad Harper ... ADR recordist
Johnny Marshall ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor
Karlo Montano ... sound utility
David Rosenblad ... sound designer / sound editor
Patrick Wylie ... sound utility

Special Effects by

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Chris A. Wilks ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Nahuel Alvarez Levalle ... digital compositor
Marcelo G. García ... visual effects producer
Alejandro Martin Grassano ... Shading artist
Raúl Lavado ... senior colorist
Bob Lavallee ... miniatures
Rodrigo Tomasso ... visual effects supervisor
Edi Walger ... senior colorist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kyle Cruciger ... best boy electric
Caleb Henry ... first assistant camera
Chachie Hood ... grip
Nicholas Mann ... swing
Rob McGreevy ... gaffer
Matt Ochs ... grip
Ryan Patterson ... first assistant camera
Richard Porter ... key grip
Russell Rakestraw ... best boy grip
Marcus Ross ... second assistant camera
Brandon Torres ... additional gaffer
Bob Truax ... Jib Operator
Nick Virnoche ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Megan Frisbie ... wardrobe assistant
Michelle Harvey ... wardrobe assistant
Jamie Reed ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Robyn Powell ... location manager

Music Department

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Colton Turner ... Original Music by

Transportation Department

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Peter Koutsogeorgas ... picture car coordinator

Other crew

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Sarai Alvarez ... production assistant
Ronja Behrends ... production assistant
Mattew Breedan ... construction coordinator
Ryan Britton ... construction coordinator
Jared Clark ... background actor
Christina Cooper ... office production assistant
Peyton Deloach ... production assistant
Leader Gennis ... production assistant
Melissa Gratia ... production coordinator
Michael Griffin ... graphics
Paloma Henidorff ... production assistant
Jessica Hewitt ... production assistant
Aaron 'Gris' Lee Jobe ... production assistant
Justin Lairson ... Redneck MoVi Tech
Fionna Mogford ... production assistant
Justin Penney ... security
Nathan Price ... production assistant
Fanny Romero ... Payroll Coordinator
Kevin Simon ... craft service
Kevin Smith ... security
Brian Stephens ... security
Greg Sutton ... security
Mitch Swan ... publicist
Jamie Thompson ... security
Chelsea Jena Williams ... key set production assistant
Glenn Woellert ... security
Whit Worrell ... production assistant
Liana Wottrich ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

A mysterious frequency descends on a small New Mexico town in the twilight of the 1950s, forever changing the lives of two youths as they investigate and encounter its origin. Spanning a single night, director Andrew Patterson's transfixing debut barrels its characters through a tribute to the starry-eyed speculations of Rod Serling, as Patterson and his compatriots meticulously render a bygone era. It's one that eschews empty nostalgia through judicious shading of history's insidious margins, and which infectiously captures the wonder of technology, as well as the unsettling risks that come with peering into the unknown. Intermittently framed within the hazy black-and-white scan lines of a television broadcast, Patterson's scope frequently widens to a vivid roaming gaze that fluidly connects its plucky protagonists through a series of increasingly gob smacking long takes. In other scenes, the camera settles with intense concentration on a single subject, achieving taut suspense through subtle penetrative zooms and the beguiling rat-tat-tat chatter of Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz's breakout performances. At his most audacious, Patterson eerily fades to black for minutes at a time, inviting the audience to lean into the darkness and hang onto every word of the disturbing conspiracy that James Montague and Craig W. Sanger's evocative screenplay weaves. Deserved recipient of enthusiastic accolades since its award-winning bow at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, The Vast of Night is a sublime slice of sci-fi that heralds both a brave new world and a bold new voice with a bright future. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Did You Know?

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Trivia The mythical town Cayuga is borrowed from Cayuga Productions, Rod Serling's production company that produced The Twilight Zone. There is no such town as Cayuga, New Mexico. See more »

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