First-time filmmaker Steven Piet takes his debut drama starring longtime character actor John Ashton to South by Southwest this March. This rural mystery was co-written by Piet and producer Erik Crary, who was also a producer on David Lynch’s “Inland Empire.” That may indicate the influences at play here.
Official synopsis and an artfully tense TOH! exclusive trailer below:
Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. His confused and budding relationship with his coworker, Kate, eventually leads them on an impromptu adventure north to see the town he grew up in. They arrive just as John struggles to navigate the increasing threats and pressure from Danny’s suspicions.