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I’m gonna do something … Exclusive Clip for Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s “Desert Cathedral”

The 5th edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland kicks off today, and among the 20 films featured in the competition (it truly is a buffet made up of the newest crop of American independent filmmakers) we find the international premiere for Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Desert Cathedral.

With a score composed by Saunder Jurriaans and Danni Bensi (Two Gates of SleepMartha Marcy May MarleneSimon Killer) overlapping with actual, true-life recordings from the film’s subject, what we find here below in our exclusive first look at the festival teaser is a real estate developer (played by Lee Tergesen) who mysteriously disappears into the Southwestern desert in 1992 and who leaves behind a series of VHS tapes. Along with mixed drink recipe details for a Harvey Wallbanger, what we have here in the ubiquity-infused, auditorily jarring, bone-chilling handsomely looking hybrid, about a man who lost his way both factually and figuratively.

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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