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St. Nick

USA, 2009
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Scr.: David Lowery
Phot.: Clay Liford
Editor: David Lowery
Sound: Martin Pedersen
Cast: Tucker Sears, Savanna Sears, Barlow Jacobs, E. Andrew Sensenig, Laura Stone, Mara Lee Miller
Distributor: David Lowery
Format: HD
Color
86 mins
www.stnickfilm.com

The poignant, thoughtful feature debut from director David Lowery follows a pre-teen brother and sister, runaways who create their own world in an abandoned house during a Texas winter. This charming film manages to break several conventions, by having almost no dialogue for the first half of the film, and by artfully dropping the viewer into a story already in progress. We don’t know who these children are, why they have run away, how long they’ve been on the run, or if anyone is searching for them. Being on their own is just as much about freedom as it is about survival, and these children strive for both on their own terms. Director Lowery sums it up well with this quote: “I remember the day when it first occurred to me that I was growing up - it was when I went to kindergarten for the first time and realized that I was going to have to get up early every morning from that point onwards for the rest of my life. You start to look ahead like that, you get old in a hurry, and that's sort of what St. Nick is about.”

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