Small Town Murder Songs

Small Town Murder Songs
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Small Town Murder Songs
Canada, 2010, 75 Minute Running Time
Topics: Crime, Drama
Program: Special Presentations
Language: English

One of the great privileges of programming is coming across an extraordinary new talent such as Ed Gass-Donnelly. His tightly composed film uses a murder investigation to explore whether a man’s faith can make sense of the insidious nature of violence, and led to Variety naming him to their 10 Directors To Watch list. An intriguing new voice in indie film, Gass-Donnelly’s capacity for commercial crossover seems assured.

The film opens with a man being baptized as a born-again Christian. This is Walter Ruden (Peter Stormare), a well meaning but flawed police chief mysteriously estranged from the Mennonite community in which he was raised. When a woman is found brutally raped and murdered, senior officers are called in to investigate. They turn up Walter’s ex-girlfriend Rita as a suspect. Convinced that Rita is lying to protect her new boyfriend, Walter is determined to get to the truth—no matter what it takes. Gass-Donnelly proves masterful at tone, pacing and ambience. Helping to create a sense of seething tension beneath a calm exterior are Bruce Peninsula’s powerful gothic soundtrack; clouds ever-threatening to burst overhead; the flat landscape and its mysterious Mennonite inhabitants, and an eccentric cast who give powerful yet nuanced performances.

Director & Actors to attend screenings

DIRECTOR: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Producer: Lee Kim, Ed Gass-Donnelly
Editor: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Screenwriter: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Cinematographer: Brendan Steacy
Music: Bruce Peninsula
Principal Cast: Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Martha Plimpton, Jill Hennessy
Filmography: This Beautiful City (2007)
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