The Fixer

US Narrative Competition

World Premiere

USA | 103 MINUTES | English |


Drama, NY Director(s)

Leaving behind his life as a fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan, Osman (Dominic Rains) lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California, living on the couch of his friend’s mother (Melissa Leo) and working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Restless and eager to find purpose in the context of his new life, he befriends a couple of locals—the eccentric and unstable Lindsay (James Franco) and the elusive Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan)—recruiting them to help him penetrate the town’s peculiar subculture. When Lindsay mysteriously goes missing, Osman gets drawn into the backwoods of the town in order to find him. As things begin to take a dangerous turn, Osman is forced to confront the untenable reality of his situation.

Shot with rigorous attention to atmosphere and milieu, The Fixer is a slow-burning thriller that employs stillness to create an undercurrent of suspense. Director Ian Olds adroitly exposes the larger-than-life characters who often inhabit the smallest of towns.

—Shayna Weingast


Directed by Ian Olds

Olds' received an MFA from Columbia. His directing credits include Occupation:Dreamland (Academy Award short-listed, Independent Spirit winner), Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (Tribeca winner, Emmy nominated) and the experimental narrative Francophrenia. Olds received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation's Media Arts Fellowship, and attended Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab.

Ian Olds
Paul Felten, Ian Olds
Caroline von Kuhn, Jennifer Glynn
Scott Cummings, Joe Murphy, Ian Olds
Adam Newport-Berra
Executive Producer
George Rush, Michael Roiff, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, Gardner Grout, Mary Regency Boies, Robert Afshar, Alex Witherill, Eric Schultz, James Franco, Vince Jolivette
Jim McHugh
Lily Whitsitt
Co-Executive Producer
Adeel Ahmed, Ken Chang, Jennifer Konawal, Tom White
Associate Producer
Michelle Maxson, Gabe Maxson
Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Tim Kniffin, Thomas Jay Ryan


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