U.S. Dramatic


2014, 98 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Thirteen-year-old Jacob is spiraling out of control. The motocross-obsessed teenager’s delinquent behavior pushes his family to the brink of collapse. All hell breaks loose when Jacob enlists his younger brother, Wes, as a partner in crime. Still reeling from his wife’s death, Jacob’s dad, Hollis, has all but abandoned his sons. When Child Protective Services removes Wes to live with his Aunt Pam, Hollis and Jacob are forced to face their culpability as they strive to bring Wes home. Hellion is set in southeastern Texas where the flames and lights of refineries frame the skyline and create a haunting backdrop for this fractured family of motherless men.

Hellion is an exceptionally authentic feature from writer/director Kat Candler, based on her lauded short film that screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Fueled by a commanding performance from Aaron Paul as Hollis, robust support from Juliette Lewis and Deke Garner, and a star-making turn by Josh Wiggins as Jacob, Hellion is as disturbing as it is powerful.

Director: Kat Candler

Screenwriter: Kat Candler

Producers: Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy

Executive Producers: Janice Beard, Tanner Beard, Jeff Nichols, Sarah Green, Suzanne Weinert

Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak

Editor: Alan Canant

Production Designer: Deneice O'Connor

Composer: Curtis Heath

Principal Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Walt Roberts

About the Director

Kat Candler's most recent short films, Hellion in 2012 and Black Metal in 2013, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her previous films have screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance and on PBS. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.


1/17/2014 2:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 3:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/20/2014 9:00 am
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 12:15 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 5:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City