The best stories come from the unlikeliest of places, and the upcoming documentary “Above And Below” goes to the fringes to tell the story of five people who have chosen to live far off the beaten path, with the picture offering a fascinating glimpse at their lives.
Directed by Nicolas Steiner, edited by Kaya Inan, lensed by DP Markus Nestroy, and featuring a carefully crafted sound design by five credited sound artists, “Above And Below” hangs somewhere between documentary and fiction, following April, Dave, Cindy, Rick, and someone known only as “the Godfather,” as they exist off the grid. Here’s the official synopsis:
This not-quite-documentary takes place far away and out of sight, on the margins and off the grid of American society. It tells the stories of April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and a man who calls himself ‘the Godfather.’ From a couple scraping by in the depths of the flood channels located beneath Sin City, to a man living in a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty California desert, and beyond even the stratosphere, to a place where Mars and Earth have become one and the same place, this motley crew of individuals have been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world whose inhabitants are revealed to be souls not unlike our very own.
“Above And Below” opens in limited release on Friday, April 15th.