Super Dark Times
North American Premiere

Super Dark Times

| USA | 100 MINUTES | English
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.
Kevin Phillips
Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
Eli Born
Ed Yonaitis
Ben Frost
Executive Producer
Niraj Bhatia, Dan Burks, Cameron Lamb
Richard Peete, Jett Steiger, Edward Parks
Associate Producer
Lana Kim, Keith Marlin
Traci Carlson, Rachel Ward
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, Amy Hargreaves

International Sales Contact
Michael Weber
The Match Factory
Cologne, 50668
Phone: 221 539 7090
Print Source
Richard Peete
Neighborhood Watch Films
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: 718 486 6295
US Sales Contact
Nick Shumaker
New York, NY 10106
Phone: 212 659 2600
Press Contact
Adam Kersh
Fusion Entertainment
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 771 7021
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