Katz’ love of classic detective fiction inspired his celebrated film starring Quiet City’s Cris Lankenau as a grad student of forensic science taking indefinite time off from his studies to find a certain peace in menial jobs while sharing an apartment with his sister. When a surprise visit from his ex-girlfriend opens a strange mystery, the young would-be detective and the film itself are pulled suddenly into an unexpected direction. Cold Weather’s fascinating marriage of detective mystery and slacker film is tinged with humor and a rich ambiguity captured beautifully by Andrew Reed’s moody cinematography—which enshrouds Katz’s native Portland in thick mist and shadow—and by the catchy and innovative original score by Katz’s high-school friend and regular collaborator, Keegan DeWitt. A film of remarkable sophistication and nuance, Cold Weather delicately interweaves its gently insightful depiction of sibling (re)bonding with a tale of enigmatic disappearance and inventive sleuthing.

Directed by Aaron Katz. With Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo
US 2010, digital video, color, 96 min

$9 - Regular Admission 

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