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About

Dark Night enigmatically unfolds over the course of a lazy summer day, as it traces the events leading up to a mass shooting in a suburban multiplex. Abandoning the narrative confines of the true crime genre, the story is told through fragmented moments from the lives of several characters, whose fates are tragically intertwined. As the sky grows darker, the placid surface of daily life becomes disturbed by a lurking and inevitable horror.

Tim Sutton, the writer/director of Memphis (2014 Sundance Film Festival), takes this ripped-from-the-headlines story of an all-too-common tragedy and immerses us in the emotional fabric of its young characters’ lives. Sutton deploys a keenly observant style and a recurring motif of guns to suggest the ever-present threat of violence in American life. With its lyrical images, evocative sound design, and mournful soundtrack, Dark Night is a quietly powerful elegy for the dead.

YEAR 2015

SECTION NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 85 min

EMAIL alexandra.byer@gmail.com

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Artist Bio

Tim Sutton

Tim Sutton is the writer and director of two critically acclaimed feature films. Pavilion (Factory 25) was a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2013 and Memphis (Kino Lorber) was the winner of the inaugural Venice Biennale College-Cinema Grant in 2013. The latter had its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival and international premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Memphis was also selected as one of The New Yorker's Top 10 Films of 2014. Sutton teaches film at The New School and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.