11/16/2019 10:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

United States 2019 91 min English original version

by Aaron Schimberg

Script: Aaron Schimberg, DoP: Adam J. Minnick, Editor: Sofi Marshall, Music: Aaron Schimberg, C. Spencer Yeh, Producers: Vanessa Mcdonnell, Matt Pelock, Production: Chained For Life, Flies Collective, Cast: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick, Stephen Plunkett

On the set of a horror film with artistic pretensions, made in the United States by a great European auteur, the beautiful Hollywood actress Mabel admits to being outside her comfort zone. She plays the role of a blind woman and the film she’s in, already anticipated by the media to be in bad taste, deals explicitly with deformity. The production has even brought on several disabled actors, including Rosenthal, a nervous comedian with a major facial deformity. Mabel struggles to identify with him, but as their characters connect on camera, the actors do the same behind it. And as the film crew walks on the eggshells of political correctness and strange rumors begin to circulate about the abandoned hospital serving backdrop to the production, the boundaries between reality and fiction, fair representation and exploitation cinema, become excessively porous.

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Aaron Schimberg is a filmmaker living in New York. His debut feature GO DOWN DEATH (2013) was called “an astonishing out-of-nowhere film” by “Filmmaker Magazine” and “a stunning midnight movie in the tradition of Jodorowsky and THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT” by “The Dissolve”. He has received grants and fellowships from Cinereach, New York Film Festival Artist Academy, Frontières and the IFP Labs. CHAINED FOR LIFE is his second feature film.

Filmography: 2009 LATE SPRING: REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (short film), 2013 GO DOWN DEATH, 2019 CHAINED FOR LIFE


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