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"In terms of low-budget filmmaking aspiring past its limitations, Loren Cass is the real deal." - Andrew Grant, TIME OUT NEW YORK
New York, NY - October 19, 2009 - Kino International is proud to release on DVD "one of the year's great discoveries" (Nathan Lee, The New York Times), Chris Fuller's Loren Cass (2007). Direct from its theatrical release, which gathered unanimously strong reviews from the country's top critics, Chris Fuller directorial debut is set to become available on DVD on December 8, with a SRP of $24.95.
Initially completed in 2006 and released in the film festival circuit in 2007, Loren Cass was nominated to one IFP Gotham Award™, in the Best Undistributed Film category, in late 2007. But it wasn't until Kino picked up the film early in 2009 that Chris Fuller's powerful debut opened in major US markets, making this a rare success story in the annals of indie cinema distribution.
A "starkly radical film debut of uncommon power and artistic principle," Chris Fuller's Loren Cass is a vivid tale of troubled youth that "makes even Larry Clark (Kids) look tame by comparison" (Variety).
Utilizing a small cast of unknowns (including writer/director Fuller, under the name "Lewis Brogan"), acutely detailed 16mm photography, and "extraordinary sound work" (The New York Times) that mixes disembodied voices ranging from Charles Bukowski to French poet Robert Desnos with graphic news footage of the American Dream turned nightmare, Loren Cass conjures an authentic and menacing emotional landscape shared by three young people in contemporary suburban Florida.
Though scripted by Fuller in the aftermath of the 1996 St. Petersburg riots when he was just 15 years old, this "lyrical portrait of angry, disaffected teens" (Village Voice) evokes the unquenchable need, psychic pain and seething rage of disenfranchised youth from any era. Jason (Travis Maynard), a pierced and inked skinhead, takes impulsive and self destructive chances with everyone and everything around him, while his garage mechanic friend Cale (Fuller) embarks on a fleeting, benumbed romance with Nicole (Kayla Tabish), a promiscuous diner waitress.
Loren Cass not only "announces a genuinely original filmmaking talent" (Robert Koehler, VARIETY) but it also reveals the bruised young underbelly of a new American century.