20th Titanic International Filmfestival

Last Kind Words

Last Kind Words
USA, 2012
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Last Kind Words
USA, 2012

Dir.: Kevin Barker
Prod.: Duane Andersen, Amy Riherd Miller
Scr.: Kevin Barker
Phot.: Bill Otto
Editor: Dave Boyle, Kevin Barker, Yasu Inoue
Music: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Cast: Brad Dourif, Spencer Daniels, Sarah Steele, Alexia Fast
Colour
87 mins

A modern day Southern Gothic ghost story set in the farmland of Kentucky, Last Kind Words tells the story of 17-year old Eli, who moves with his family to the isolated farm of reclusive Waylon, a man whose dark past threatens to overtake him. Eli's family works to restore the desolate fields, while he becomes fascinated with the forests, where he meets the mysterious Amanda. She extracts a promise from him to avoid the deep woods. One night, reeling from a violent encounter with his father, Eli breaks this promise and finds her body hanging from a tree.


Baker's note: "When developing the story, I became fascinated with an arcane 1930s folk-blues recording by Geeshie Wiley titled Last Kind Words Blues, in which her lover tells her if he dies at war that he'll appear to her across the Mississippi River."


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