Welcome the Stranger
Currently sitting on a pair of feature film items waiting for a film festival release, filmmaker Justin Kelly had his feature debut I Am Michael (review) break into the 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival and quickly followed that up with 2016’s King Cobra. JT Leroy is easily on several folks wish list, but it’s this misfit item with Caleb Landry Jones and Riley Keough in Welcome the Stranger that have we think might be a fun side dish of noir.
Alice (Abbey Lee) arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan’s house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend (Riley Keough) and Alice’s paranoia and suspicion force the siblings to cling onto reality amidst mysterious circumstances. Production began back in July of 2016 in Kingston, New York and as we previously mentioned in our predictions piece for Sundance, this counts as Keough’s first producer credit. This might be one of our favorite guilty pleasures for this new year.
Release Date/Prediction: Back in 2016, the Tribeca Film Festival premiered King Cobra, so we’re thinking this will be the lieu for Welcome the Stranger.