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USA | 2014 | 98 minutes | Shawn Telford

In a small town where everyone has been dealt a bum hand, four people seek an escape from reality. A stunning debut from local filmmaker Shawn Telford, delivering diverse, well-written characters with one distinct commonality: they all need to get out of BFE.

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In his debut feature, Seattle filmmaker Shawn Telford examines the helpless existence of four different individuals living in a small town dominated by drugs and brutality, and their lasting desire to mold their lives into something more meaningful. In an attempt to escape the reality of his failing health, we get to know Grampa (Wally Dalton), who, with his grandson Ian, embarks on an adventure full of shady deals and risk taking. Along the way, they encounter several friends—some new and some old—who are each grappling with bad decisions and with the relentless monotony that comes from living in an insular small town. One of those friends is Ellie, a troubled teenager searching for love and salvation in her relationship with Zack, a young romantic whose future hinges on how he reacts to temptation. While Ellie, Zack, Grampa, Ian and their comrades have all had very different life experiences, they still have one distinct commonality: They all need to get out of BFE.

Director Biography

Shawn Telford received his MFA in acting through the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Telford has appeared onstage at many of Seattle’s major theaters as well as in numerous short and feature-length films as well as the television shows "Grimm," "Leverage," and "The Fugitive." Telford’s short films have been shown at numerous film festivals around the world including SIFF, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Black Rapid Media, CityArts, Shoreline Community College

Director: Shawn Telford
Principal Cast: Wally Dalton, Kelsey Packwood, Aleksander Greenleaf, Ian Lerch, Abby Dylan
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Shawn Telford
Screenplay: Shawn Telford
Cinematographers: Ty Migota
Editors: Nick Davis
Music: Mr. Gnome
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Sarasota Film Festival (Best Ensemble Acting)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English, Korean
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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