The Well

USA | 1951 | 86 minutes | Russell Rouse

February 16, 2019

Shockwaves ripple through a small town when the disappearance of a young black girl leads the police to arrest a white transient.

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The disappearance of a young black girl triggers fearful unrest in a small, racially mixed American town. After police arrest a white transient with no alibi, tensions flare between black and white communities, threatening to erupt in a violent race riot. Shot on a miniscule budget in Northern California, this provocative film is a marvel of suspenseful filmmaking. Oscar® nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Editing, with stunning work in the final reel by DP Ernest Laszlo, this is a rarity that is still terrifying and timely.


Saturday (2/16), Sunday (2/17), and Monday (2/18) only!
SIFF Cinema Egyptian Back Bar
Chef Joshua Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective presents:

  • Hot Dog Sandwich ($5) - griddled hebrew national dog, butter toasted martins potato roll, ketchup and stone ground mustard
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($8) - spiced fried chicken, martins potato roll, lemon mayo, iceberg lettuce
  • Frito Pie ($6) - juanita's tortilla chips topped with 3 bean chili, cheddar cheese, crema, minced onions

  • Director: Russell Rouse
  • Principal Cast: Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Maidie Norman, Harry Morgan, Barry Kelley
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1951
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Producer: Clarence Greene, Leo C. Popkin
  • Screenplay: Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene
  • Cinematographers: Ernest Laszlo
  • Language: English