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Project of the Day: A Thriller Inspired by ‘East of Eden’ with Joe Swanberg

Project of the Day: A Thriller Inspired by 'East of Eden' with Joe Swanberg

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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

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A sensual thriller inspired by “East of Eden” and starring love, death, guns, goats, and a farm in the wilds of Kentucky.

Elevator Pitch:

Partly told from the perspective of a cow, “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” is a narrative feature film about the sensual inner life of a woman, her father, and the man they hire to work their farm. Directed by Josephine Decker (named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”) and inspired by John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” the film is an intimate magical realist erotic thriller. It’s simultaneously a horror film, a farm drama, a comedy, a sexual romp, and a deep character study with an amazing cast that includes Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, and Sophie Traub.

Production Team:

Director: Josephine Decker
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Producer: Laura Klein
Editors: Josephine Decker, David Barker, and Steven Schardt
Cast: Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, Sophie Traub

About the Production:

“In the fall of 2011, “East of Eden,” along with an erratic, exciting, terrifying love life of my own, inspired me to explore a world where men are bad to women and women are bad to men… “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” emerged. With this film, I have been groping at a truth – about how we can be bad, or we can be good, or we can be both at the exact same time. With that truth, I am trying to build a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that melds fantasy and reality in an erotically charged, darkly joyous experience.”

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