(USA, 2009, 96 mins)
Executive Producer: Jack Turner
Producers: Brendan McFadden, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ben Stambler
Screenwriter: Aaron Katz
Cinematographer: Andrew Reed
Editor: Aaron Katz
Cast: Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo, Robyn Rikoon
Music: Keegan DeWitt
A self-styled Sherlock Holmes leads an unlikely team of irregulars in this charming comic mystery from indie auteur Aaron Katz.
After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, aimless Doug returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail. He quickly lands a dead-end job in an ice factory, but his latent passion for detective work is stoked when his ex-girlfriend goes missing. Armed with a handful of arcane clues, Doug enlists Gail and co-worker Carlos in a ramshackle investigation that draws the slacker sleuths into Portland’s not-quite-seedy underground.
Building on the lyrical style and naturalistic performances of his two previous features, Dance Party USA and Quiet City, Katz offers a refreshingly idiosyncratic spin on genre conventions. He eschews the twisty plots and violence of modern neo-noir in favor of sly, deadpan humor and closely-observed performances. Cold Weather may feature a few car chases and stake outs, but ultimately it is less interested in the chilly mechanics of genre than in the warm bond between friends and family.
Expected to attend: Aaron Katz.
Sat, Jun 19th 10:00pm
Mon, Jun 21st 7:30pm
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