Chained for Life

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USA | 2019 | 91 minutes | Aaron Schimberg

Opens October 4, 2019

A conventionally beautiful actress Mabel (Jess Weixler) finds herself starring in a misguided, independent film production alongside a collection of physically disfigured and disabled performers, including Rosenthal (Under the Skin's Adam Pierson), a man with neurofibromatosis hired on as the romantic lead.

"Hyper-literate and self-aware, it's an incisive film about prejudice and representation, referring to and critiquing Hollywood history while making its own observations and telling its own story."—Andrew Todd, Birth. Movies. Death.

As the shoot wears on, both the tables and the identities of the players pivot, with multiple layers of story blurring the reality at play. Director Schimberg's second feature has it both ways, paying homage to and highlighting the ways in which otherness has been expressed in cinematic terms, most famously in Tod Browning's Freaks.

  • Director: Aaron Schimberg
  • Principal Cast: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick, Joanna Arnow, Eleanore Pienta, Keith Poulson, Anu Valia
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Vanessa McDonnell, Dan Schoenbrun, Zachary Shedd, Matt Petock
  • Screenplay: Aaron Schimberg
  • Cinematographers: Adam Minnick
  • Language: English