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Sat Mar 4, 2023 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
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Directed by Peter Callahan
United States | 83 min | 2022
Inside the mind of a middle aged man as he tries to come to terms with his life over the course of an afternoon walk through his hometown.
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“Tall Tales” is set in 1945, shortly after World War II. This historical backdrop makes it possible to remember our past and to reflect to our present at the same time. We wanted to include issues in our story that might still have relevance today, issues that still cause pain to our society, some of these issues might be more painful universally at the moment than in a country with no war for over 73 years.
Domestic violence, post-traumatic syndrome, or simply, two people trying to trust each other – these issues and challenges are present in our lives today. Just as they were present in 1945. Some things don’t change. Things that suppose to change. Things we should have learnt to deal with by now.
I truly hope that even a thriller full of twists and turns, that tells the story of a sweeping romance after the war while heavily paying hommage to Alfred Hitchcock and his films, can achieve change. By talking about these issues in a universal way. With the hope that one day we’ll learn to deal with them.
Peter Callahan was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. A high school dropout, he drove a taxi for several years before returning to school, eventually earning a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His feature, “Against the Current”, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and won jury prizes at the AFI Dallas Film Festival, The Williamstown Film Festival, and The Verona Film Festival in Italy. Distributed by IFC Films, it stars Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Mary Tyler Moore. His first feature, “Last Ball”, was the only U.S. film selected for the 2001 San Sebastian Film Festival new director’s section and won several awards around the world.