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Directed by Jennifer Reeder
FEATURE NARRATIVE 111 Minutes North American Premiere
Surreal forces lurk behind the fluorescent facade of an unassuming Midwestern town in Jennifer Reeder’s hyper-stylized Knives And Skin. Sophomore year of high school is upended when Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) suddenly vanishes after being abandoned at the lake by her jock boyfriend (Ty Olwin). In the wake of Carolyn’s mysterious disappearance, a dark abyss widens among the inhabitants of Big River as the ripples of anxiety and mistrust begin to permeate through the high school halls and beyond. In a series of intertwined suburban vignettes, fear and loss cause the members of Carolyn's inner-circle to develop unexpected and desperate coping strategies as they slowly begin to unravel under the impact of their grief and suspicions.

Neon-drenched cinematography, moody synthesizers, and acapella renditions of 80s pop hits are the foundations of this feminist teen noir that evokes the surreal dreamscape of Twin Peaks and the mean-girl existential malaise of Heathers. In Reeder’s uncanny exploration of communal trauma, where young women have magic powers and disheveled clowns have the ability to reanimate corpses, small-town mentality is presented as something bordering on psychosis.

—Shayna Weingast
Horror, Music
About the Director(s)
Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma, and coping. Her award-winning narratives borrow from a range of forms including after-school specials, amateur music videos, and magical realism. These films have shown around the world, including the Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, and The Whitney Biennial.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Wardrobe Designer:
    Kate Grube
  • Sound Recording:
    Jason Culver
  • Producer:
    Brian Hieggelke, Jan Hieggelke
  • Associate Producer:
    Jason Fura, Bette Cerf Hill, Tracy L. Miller, Nabeela Rasheed
  • Composer:
    Nick Zinner
  • Cinematographer:
    Christopher Rejano
  • Director:
    Jennifer Reeder
  • Editor:
    Mike Olenick
  • Production Designer:
    Adri Siriwatt
  • Cast:
    Marika Engelhardt, Tim Hopper, Kate Arrington, Audrey Francis, James Vincent Meredith, Ty Olwin, Grace Smith, Ireon Roach, Raven Whitley, Kayla Carter, Jalen Gilbert, Emma Ladji, Robert Cunningham, Tony Fitzpatrick, Marilyn Dodds Frank
  • Screenwriter:
    Jennifer Reeder
  • Executive Producer:
    Tremaine Atkinson, Christopher Keogh, Tony Olson

  • Press Contact
    Hilda Somarriba
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323 633 7079
  • International Sales Contact
    Gregory Chambet
    Paris, 75002
    Phone: + 33 14 261 0983
  • US Sales Contact
    Jay Cohen
    Gersh Agency
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310 274 6611
  • Print Source
    Brian Hieggelke
    Newcity/Chicago Film Project
    Chicago, IL 60605
    Phone: 131 2715 8777


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