The Sundance Film Festival has all the A-list stars, genre hits, indie sensations, and potential Oscar breakouts, but it’s at the Slamdance Film Festival where some of the most exciting cinematic voices of the next generation first make their mark. Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Benh Zeitlin, Lynn Shelton, and Lena Dunham all made early impressions at the fest, which brings us to Adrian Murray, who is hoping to join those prestigious alumni.
The filmmaker is headed to Slamdance with his feature film debut, “Withdrawn.” Remarkably, the filmmaker and his team put the movie together using just a fifteen-page outline, improvising the dialogue for each scene over several takes to determine the best way for the scene play out. As for the story, it follows a young man who comes up with a scheme to pay off his debts. Here’s the official synopsis:
Living in a basement he can’t afford, Aaron spends his days doing drum solos and trying to talk his way out of paying for utilities. When he finds a lost credit card, he devises a plan to defraud its owner. Intimate and oblique, Withdrawn is a comedy about wasted time.
“Withdrawn” will have its first screening at Slamdance on January 21st at 5:45 PM at the Ballroom.