Low Down

Low Down

215 - July 5, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall
3P1 - July 6, 2014, 9:00, Pupp
5K1 - July 8, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema

Colour, DCP
USA, 2014, 114 min
IP - International Premiere
Section: Official Selection - Competition

Directed by: Jeff Preiss
Script: Amy-Jo Albany, Topper Lilien
Dir. of Photography: Christopher Blauvelt
Music: Ohad Talmor
Designer: Mark Robert Taylor
Editor: Michael Saia
Producer: Mindy Goldberg, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Production: Epoch Films
Coproduction: Bona Fide Productions
Sales: United Talent Agency
Contakt: Epoch Films
Starring: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey

About the film

In her memoir, Amy-Jo Albany describes what it was like growing up in the strangely sleepy environment of Hollywood’s 1970s bohemian community with a father who was at once a respected jazz pianist and a longtime heroin addict. Inspired by her story, Jeff Preiss shot his feature debut, which generates a highly complex atmosphere mixing the dreamlike nature of far-off yet joyful memories of her father with the pain she felt at witnessing his self-destructive addiction. Through the character of Joe Albany, this melancholy drama about Amy-Jo’s difficult transition to adulthood has a captivating musical flavor based on both precise craftsmanship and improvisation. Crew and cast played equally major roles in the resulting, strangely elusive form of the film: DOP Christopher Blauvelt, who worked on recent films by Sofia Coppola and Kelly Reichardt, production designer Elliott Hostetter (Spring Breakers), and above all Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, and Glenn Close, who turned in intense performances.

About the director

Jeff Preiss is a New York-based filmmaker and well-known figure in the world of experimental cinema, his work picked up for the permanent collections of NYC’s MoMA, LA’s MOCA, and Madrid’s Reina Sofía art museum. He is a highly regarded DOP who cooperated with photographer Bruce Weber on a series of short movies and two feature-length documentaries, of which Let’s Get Lost took the Critics’ Award at Venice and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. Preiss has created music videos for Iggy Pop, Malcolm McLaren, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, and commercials for Apple, and Nike. In 1995 he and Mindy Goldberg founded Epoch Films productions. He cofounded New York’s Orchard Gallery in 2005 and currently serves on the board of Light Industry, a Brooklyn multimedia venue focusing on film and electronic art.

Jeff Preiss
Film Director

Michael Saia
Film Editor

Nicholas Saia
Film Crew

Ohad Talmor
Music Composer

Epoch Films
180 Varick Street, Ste. 1206
10014 New York
E-mail: mindy@epochfilms.com

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