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International Premiere

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Hosted by Writer/Director William Eubank, Actor Gunner Wright and Executive Producer Mark Eaton

OPENING FILM: Camera Lucida Section

Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival 2011

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“2001, THE FOUNTAIN and SOLARIS all rolled into one... let yourself be wowed by this strange science fiction marvel” — QUIET EARTH

“Absolutely beautiful... an amazing film” — Alex Descano, SBCC FILM REVIEWS

Credits

Director: William Eubank
Screenplay: William Eubank
Cast: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson, Bradley Horne, Nancy Stelmaszczyk, Roger E. Fanter
Producers: Angels & Airwaves
Print Source: RLP Distribution

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Description

Sent into orbit around the Earth on a special mission, astronaut Lee Miller was mentally prepared for the long period of solitude ahead of him. From the moment of his arrival on the abandoned space station he has been assigned to resurrect, however, he has anticipated his return to our planet after a couple of months. That moment will have to wait until later though. Much later. After picking up incomprehensible transmissions of unknown origin, Miller is slowly gripped by increasing anxiety. Mission control is no longer responding. His last contact with them has been a recorded message informing him that something terrible has happened down below, hence the subsequent radio silence. Madness gradually seeps into Miller. Incapable of distinguishing the real from the imagined, his condition deteriorates when he comes across the diary of a soldier from the American Civil War. Miller has no idea how such a document came to be aboard the space station. Leafing through it, he becomes convinced that what its pages hold is directly connected to the tragic events occurring on Earth. In addition to describing harrowing military clashes, the war diary also describes the most important discovery in human history — proof that we are not alone in the universe.

The debut feature from director William Eubank, LOVE is a marvel, a small production with big ambitions, its limited budget never impeding the grand vision it shares with its audience. It’s a firm rebuke to the current conventions of science fiction cinema coming from the major studios, an openly metaphysical and cerebral work along the same lines as those by auteurs like Stanley Kubrick and more recently Kanji Nakajima (THE CLONE RETURNS HOME). Alternating between two distinct epochs, a violent past and an uncertain future, this intimate epic questions our place in the universe by way of a passionate story told through breathtaking imagery. Any single frame of the film could convince one of the great visual beauty lying in LOVE. Eubank conjures up pictorial perfection with an artistic direction matching that of Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN. Taking on the difficult task of carrying the film largely alone, actor Gunner Wright rises to the challenge, interpreting the complex character of Miller with great nuance. Produced by Angels & Airwaves (the more adult alt-rock effort led by Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge), who of course created the sumptuous score, the rich and rewarding LOVE has just launched itself into the festival circuit and clearly has a bright future ahead of it!

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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