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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #195. Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Desert Cathedral

Desert Cathedral

Director: Travis Gutiérrez Senger
Writer(s): Travis Gutiérrez Senger
Producers: Lincoln Leopard’s Senger and Michael J. Mouncer with Chip Hourihan
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, Russell Hodgkinson

Equipped with a behind the scenes team of film composers Saunder Juriaans and Daniel Bensi (The One I Love) and film editor Marc Vives (Ping Pong Summer), it’s the approach and the biographical narrative treatment in Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Desert Cathedral that has got me hyper curious. Employing a narrative hybrid model (found footage and archival materials) and what I’m guessing will be a fractured timeline, means creatively, we might be looking at a truly rich investigative experience.

Gist: Based on a true story and starring Lee Tergesen as the real life Peter Collins, this about a real estate developer who mysteriously disappears into the Southwestern desert in 1992, leaving behind a series of VHS tapes. Without the aid of the police, his distraught wife hires a private investigator to track him.

Release Date: With no mentions for Sundance and SXSW, Tribeca will want to put a choke-hold on this one.

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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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