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I Follow River: Film Movement Submerges Matt Sobel’s “Take Me to the River”

While noteworthy Sundance NEXT section titles Entertainment, James White, Nasty Baby and Tangerine all found distrib homes, we’re finally seeing Matt Sobel‘s break-out debut finally leave the nest. The Film Movement folks have landed Take Me to the River and are prepping it for a theatrical release next January. Look for the film to make it’s international film fest debut at either Locarno or TIFF with possible showings at NYFF and/or AFI.

Gist: This is about a California teen (Logan Miller) who plans to come out at his family reunion in Nebraska. But when a bloodstain on his younger cousin’s dress makes him an unwitting suspect in her possible abuse, the weekend takes a very different turn…

Worth Noting: Here are some of our Trading Card series from Sundance: writer-director-producer Matt Sobel, Executive Producer Nick Case, actors Logan Miller, Robin Weigert and Josh Hamilton.

Do We Care?: Along with James White’s Josh Mond (which also broke out of the NEXT section) Sobel is worthy of the title of best new American independent filmmaker.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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