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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #78. Carter Smith’s Jamie Marks Is Dead

Jamie Marks Is Dead

Director: Carter Smith
Writer: Carter Smith
Producers: Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray, Jacob Jaffke, Omri Bezalel, Carter Smith
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Madisen Beaty, Judy Greer, Liv Tyler

Much like the fate of those featured in his feature debut (The Ruins) the adults fall by the wayside and the teens in this long-awaited sophomore film are left to their own devices. Tonally speaking, Jamie Marks Is Dead is compelling because it works from some oddball premise material, but atmospherically with generous amounts of creepiness and with plenty of subtext — perhaps not Bugcrush sophistication, we find a Carter Smith in master-mode.

Gist: Based on Christopher Barzak’s novel (One for Sorrow), Adam McCormick (Monaghan) had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever. Jamie Marks (Noah Silver) was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to—a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend. But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie’s ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs…and the weaker Adam’s own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.

Release Date: It premiered in the U.S Dramatic Comp at the Sundance Film Festival and should find a distributor n or actual festival play date / theatrical release date with studio

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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