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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #15. David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake

Under the Silver Lake

With filming having taken place in October of 2016, David Robert Mitchell‘s highly anticipated third film is slowly being positioned for a stealthy release. We’ve been tracking Mitchell’s rise since he launched The Myth Of The American Sleepover at SXSW, but with the A24 folks onboard from the getgo, this modern noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles will be more shapely than his previous pair. It Follows cinematographer Mike Gioulakis and score via Disasterpeace combine the efforts for what should be an atmospheric genre item that stylistically will surely be stellar.

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Starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace and Zosia Mamet, the story centers on a man named Sam (Garfield) who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul’s murder and the kidnapping of a girl. Keough stars as Sarah, Sam’s new neighbour. Grace stars as Sam’s friend who helps him with an investigation surrounding a missing woman. Budget wise, this is Mitchell’s big breakout bigger indie film.

Release Date/Prediction: A24 will likely look to premiere this at Cannes, where Mitchell has been showcased twice.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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