If There's a Hell Below

USA | 2016 | 94 minutes | Nathan Williams

An ambitious journalist and a nervous whistleblower meet to exchange secret information against the isolated backdrop of rural Washington in this atmospheric neo-noir of political intrigue in a post-Snowden world.

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Abe (Conner Marx), a young journalist from Chicago, travels to the rural American West for a scoop that will undoubtedly jump-start his career. There he meets Debra (Carol Roscoe), a self-described government whistleblower who supposedly has a national security story weighing on her conscience. Convinced that someone is watching their every move, Debra is paranoid and reluctant to tell Abe anything, even after checking to make sure he's not wearing a wire; Abe, on the other hand, drove over a thousand miles for Debra's story, and he's determined to get it. The first step is finding some way to convince Debra he's trustworthy. The beginning of the film showcases what happens when two people with opposing desires can't seem to figure out how to negotiate. As Abe and Debra dance around each other, crucial information hangs in the balance. Nathan Williams' film is told in real time, with numerous scenes dedicated to showing the two characters driving along endless stretches of highway, attempting to find a place to talk where they can't be overheard. Accordingly, the vast, dusty landscape of eastern Washington plays an important role, providing an atmospheric backdrop of anticipation and dread to put the finishing touch on this 1970s-inspired political thriller.

Director Biography
Nathan Williams's short films have played at festivals worldwide, and on public television and international airlines. If There's a Hell Below is his first feature. He makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Nathan Williams
  • Principal Cast: Carol Roscoe, Conner Marx, Mark Carr, Paul Budraitis
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Trevor Joyce, Conner Marx, Justin Schardin, Nathan Williams
  • Screenplay: Nathan Williams
  • Cinematographers: Christopher Messina
  • Editors: Nathan Williams
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: MPI Media Group