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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 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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