Set in 1992 and based on true events, a real estate agent suddenly and mysteriously disappears into the Southwestern desert. With nothing but the strange VHS tapes he leaves behind, his wife must hire a private investigator to find out what has happened to her husband.
May 17, 2014
|9:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||
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May 18, 2014
|1:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||
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Director Travis Gutiérrez Senger and producers scheduled to attend
In today’s age of social media and surveillance drones, it’s difficult for a person to drop off the grid. But 20 years ago, before the internet and cellphone coverage, vanishing from society was a relatively simple act—one that was tried by real-life Seattle real-estate developer Peter Collins. In 1992, facing massive debt from a bad housing deal, Peter ran off to the open spaces of the desert Southwest, leaving behind a series of cryptic VHS tapes in an attempt to explain his disappearance. In this dramatization and expansion of the real story, Peter, played by Lee Tergesen, makes a video diary that he sends back to his family. After getting nowhere with the police, his distraught wife Annah (Petra Wright) hires private investigator Duran (Chaske Spencer), to track him down. After locating Peter, Duran poses as a friendly local in an attempt to understand Peter’s state of mind—a tactic that leads to tragedy. Desert Cathedral has been called a “hybrid film” for its blend of stunning cinematography—with the Dry Falls region of Central Washington standing in for the Nevada desert—plus actual footage from Peter’s tapes and Collins family home movies. The effect created by director Travis Gutiérrez Senger feels like a documentary but conveys the drama and emotional impact of a fictional narrative about identity, escape, and the relationship between man and nature.
Travis Gutiérrez Senger is a University of Washington graduate and New York-based writer and director known for his documentaries and music videos. Senger’s short doc White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug (2010) won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at South by Southwest Film Festival. Desert Cathedral is his debut feature.
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:||Travis Gutiérrez Senger|
|Principal Cast:||Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, Petra Wright, Tony Doupe, Russell Hodgkinson, Aron Michael Thompson|
|Premiere Status:||World Premiere|
|Running Time:||90 minutes|
|Producer:||Michael J. Mouncer, Chip Hourihan, Travis Gutiérrez Senger|
|Screenplay:||Travis Gutiérrez Senger|
|Editors:||Marc Vives, Oriana Soddu|
|Music:||Daniel Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|