Super Dark Times

Midnight

North American Premiere

USA | 100 MINUTES | English | (No Subtitles) subtitles

SUPER DARK TIMES

Drama, Thriller, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
Enjoying their normal lives in mid-’90s suburbia, Zach and Josh are best friends with numerous shared interests, chief of which is an attraction to their classmate Allison. One seemingly routine day, along with two other friends, Zach and Josh borrow the latter’s older brother’s prized samurai sword to goof around in the local park. But the afternoon soon spirals out of control. Wracked with guilt, Zach struggles to assimilate back into high school life, even as Allison begins to show a romantic interest in him. The situation gets even more complicated once Zach notices a disturbingly off-balance change in Josh’s behavior.

Blurring genre lines throughout, Super Dark Times marks a confidently audacious and impeccably assembled feature debut for director Kevin Phillips. In its adult depiction of innocence corrupted, Phillips’ midnight-dark film has shades of everything from Stand By Me to Donnie Darko and Stranger Things. Yet Phillips’ masterful command of mood, cinematographer Eli Born’s stunning use of wide-screen photography, a few unsettlingly horror-movie-like dream sequences, and the cast’s excellent performances all combine to elevate Super Dark Times above pastiche and into uncompromisingly bold filmmaking.

—Matt Barone

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips was born in 1982 as the second son of a chocolatier. In 2015 he directed the short film Too Cool for School which premiered at Semaine De La Critique in Cannes. Super Dark Times is Phillips’ feature debut.
Director
Kevin Phillips
Screenwriter
Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
Cinematographer
Eli Born
Editor
Ed Yonaitis
Composer
Ben Frost
Executive Producer
Niraj Bhatia, Dan Burks, Cameron Lamb
Producer
Richard Peete, Jett Steiger, Edward Parks
Associate Producer
Lana Kim, Keith Marlin
Co-Producer
Traci Carlson, Rachel Ward
Cast
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, Amy Hargreaves

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