Warm Blood

Warm Blood

USA | 2022 | 86 min | Rick Charnoski

April 22 - 24, 2022

Red, a runaway in the 1980s, returns to the outskirts of her NorCal hometown to track down her wayward father and falls in with a young drifter in this grungy, politically subversive mix of narrative, documentary, and trash B-movies about the underbelly of America.

Director Rick Charnoski, producers Stephen Fitzgibbon and Coan Buddy Nichols, cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, and actors Haley Isaacson, Ryan Toothman, John Veit and Andy Roy scheduled to attend.


Set in the underbelly of 1980s Modesto, California, Warm Blood uses the real-life diary of a teenage runaway named Red (newcomer Haley Isaacson) returning home to find her father. In his narrative feature debut, director Rick Charnoski’s history as a skate video director informs the frenetic storytelling style, as he combines Red’s nihilist musings with a collage of documentary and B-movie meta-narratives that paint a seedy picture of life on the outskirts of town. Talk-radio bits and punk music underscore the auditory cacophony of doom, while frequent Kelly Reichardt collaborator Christopher Blauvelt (First Cow, The Bling Ring) lends his immersive, naturalist lens shooting on gritty 16mm film. While Red searches the streets, a constant foreboding presence looms around the chemically toxic river polluting the town. Via a cable-access news reporter interviewing the local residents about its impact, Charnoski infuses today’s growing apathy around the insurmountable nature of our man-made ecological disasters into this raw, politically subversive tale.

Megan Leonard

  • Director: Rick Charnoski
  • Principal Cast: Haley Isaacson, Ryan Toothman, John Veit, Andy Roy
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 86 min
  • Producer: Stephen Fitzgibbon, Amiel Courtin Wilson, James Hewison, Coan Buddy Nichols
  • Screenplay: Rick Charnoski, Amiel Courtin Wilson, James Hewison
  • Cinematographers: Christopher Blauvelt
  • Editors: Rick Charnoski
  • Music: Josh Landau
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Deathbowl to Downtown (doc, 2008), Northwest (doc, 2003), Fruit of the Vine (doc, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP