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Cinema Purgatorio Heads for the Light

Cinema Purgatorio Heads for the Light

Cinema Purgatorio has acquired Craig MacNeill and Alexei Kalaina’s “The Afterlight” and David Barker’s “Daylight;” two films that share a similar title and little else in common.

“The Afterlight” concerns itself with a young couple who move to an abandoned schoolhouse to start anew. Once relocated, their relationship begins to take a negative turn, one that affects the lives of everyone around them. The low-budget thriller “Daylight” pits a couple out for a drive against a sadistic gang of kidnappers.

Purgatorio plans to release “The Afterlight” on VOD and DVD, and will open “Daylight” in New York, followed by a select city rollout.

Full release below:

In an odd and happy coincidence, Cinema Purgatorio has just acquired two remarkable independent thrillers with “Light” in the title. Both films come from tremendous teams, and I’m exhilarated to welcome both THE AFTERLIGHT and DAYLIGHT to the growing Cinema Purgatorio release line, which reaches into theaters, and onto VOD and DVD.


Craig MacNeill and Alexei Kaleina have made a haunting and beautiful film – mesmerizing and memorable. THE AFTERLIGHT has a tremendous cast – Michael Kelly, Jicky Schnee, Ana Asensio, and Rip Torn – and I know that everyone involved will keep going onto great things. I’m just glad to be participating at this point, and I look forward to bringing the film further.

THE AFTERLIGHT had a wonderful run a few months ago in New York; its theatrical tour will reignite later this month at Facets in Chicago. Several other cities will follow. When the time is right, we’ll then hit VOD and DVD.


The term ‘criminally’ unseen has never been more aptly applied than to this 2009 no-budget thriller which received rave reviews in the on-line press such as We are Movie Geeks and Ain’t it Cool News but flew totally under the radar of mainstream press and festivals.

I’ve been a fan of David Barker’s work since we showcased AFRAID OF EVERYTHING in mid-2004 at the Pioneer Theater, then showed it several times thereafter. DAYLIGHT comes from a tremendous production team, including the prolific and gifted Lars Knudsen and Jay von Hoy, and the far-seeing Ian McGloin and Jack Turner.

DAYLIGHT’s performances have haunted me ever since we did a work in progress screening at the Pioneer in 2007 or so. I expect Michael Haneke will soon be giving a call to Michael Godere. Alexandra Meierhans amazing performance while she was actually pregnant reaches extraordinary depths of pathos.

David Barker has a remarkable eye for composition, and remarkable skill in bringing out tremendously creepy and subtle performances. I can’t wait to see the next film he makes – hopefully he gets recognized by such powerful producers and distributors that, in the future, I will be too small for him and he won’t return my calls. But in the meantime, again, I’m really glad to work with David on DAYLIGHT.

We’ll be releasing DAYLIGHT in New York and then many other cities later this year; the exact venues are yet to be determined. But the film will definitely be released in theaters first, and then VOD and DVD will follow as appropriate.

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