Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Directed by Tate Bunker
USA | 92 min | 2019
To save their marriage, Ben and Lydia (Tim Higgins, Kara Mulrooney) risk it all and buy a farmstead in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (Making a Murderer.) Lydia is determined to transform the rotting house into a dream home and finally start a family, but Ben’s photographs reveal they’re not alone…
Mysterious figures begin appearing in Ben’s photos and Lydia unearths grotesque artifacts in their house. An odd woman called Edith (Veronica Cartwright) is found to be living in a chicken coop on their property. Sheriff Roy (Mark Metcalf) tells the couple that Edith was abducted as a girl and gallery owner George (Barry Bostwick) warns Ben to stop taking pictures. Or else.
Ben’s curiosity leads to a chilling scene where his strobe light gun shows there is not one but dozens of ghostly people occupying their land. Days later a storm approaches and Edith becomes agitated. Ben and Lydia try to help but with a great flash, Lydia and Edith disappear. Can Ben evade Sheriff Roy long enough to unlock the secrets hidden in their field and save his wife?
My approach involves merging the beauty of common moments with the mythical to create an innovative style in which neo-realism meets magical realism. I strive to discover a film instead of simply creating it, and appreciate honest, simple stories that nevertheless expose the bizarre, random, or chaotic nature of everyday worlds and spaces.
Bunker’s lush images and mastery behind the lens make him one of the Midwest’s premier filmmakers. Ambitious and resourceful, Bunker has directed more than 30 films in the last 10 years. In 2013 his feature film “Little Red” won “Best Feature” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Canada International Film Festival, and “Best Wisconsin Film” at the Beloit International Film Festival. Bunker has been involved with more than 250 commercial projects and his other accolades include one Emmy Award and two Emmy nominations, three Milwaukee Film Festival “Best Milwaukee Filmmaker” awards, and a Paris Film Festival “Best Cinematography” prize for his short, “Starlite.” A Colorado native, Bunker received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he now teaches film production.