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Fourteen-year-old David reluctantly travels from his comfortable Texas home to rural Montana for his annual visit with his brooding, off-the-grid father, Cal, who has planned the boy’s first big game hunt. As the pair ascends into the wilderness, Cal tries to connect with David by recounting the story of his own first kill, on his last hunting trip with his now long-dead father. After their trip is disrupted by a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, a wounded Cal realizes they must both rely on David’s strength and resilience to survive.

Big Sky–born co-writers and directors Alex and Andrew Smith (returning to the Festival for the first time since 2002’s The Slaughter Rule) exquisitely capture not only the awe-inspiring beauty of Montana’s landscape, but also the emotional realities of life isolated within it. Matt Bomer, as a steely father aching to be known by his son, delivers a searing performance, matched by teen actor Josh Wiggins’s impressive work as the stubborn boy striving to earn his father’s respect—and to save his life.

YEAR 2017

SECTION U.S. Dramatic


RUN TIME 95 min

COMPANY Harbinger Pictures

EMAIL info@harbingerpictures.com


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Artist Bio

Alex Smith

Alex and his brother, Andrew, recently made Winter in the Blood. Their first feature, The Slaughter Rule, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. They are writing an Amazon Originals pilot, adapting the graphic novel Son of the Gun for Fox Searchlight and Remembering Laughter for director Rodrigo García, and have written for HBO, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, and FX.

Andrew Smith

Andrew is a filmmaker and writer from Montana. He and his twin brother, Alex, previously wrote and directed the features Winter in the Blood and The Slaughter Rule. They are currently writing The Brief History of the Dead for Amazon Originals. Andrew lives with his wife and daughters, and he's a professor at the University of Montana School of Media Arts.