Toronto, ON (August 1, 2017) — Toronto International Film Festival 2017 official selection THE CRESCENT is a transcendent look at loss, grief and single parenting, told through the entrancing art of marbling and the eyes of a two-year-old. Shot at a remote beach house on Nova Scotia’s rugged South Shore, the film follows a mother and her toddler son as they struggle to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. All the while, a mysterious force from the sea threatens to tear their souls apart. The film delves deep into a dreamlike story-world by utilizing hydrographics, artful prosthetics, and innovative cinematography of the North Atlantic. Atlantic Film Festival award winning filmmaker Seth Smith (LOWLIFE), who also scored, edited and co-wrote the film, worked with producing partner Nancy Urich of Cut/Off/Tail and with cast, multi-disciplinary artist Danika Vandersteen in her first on-screen appearance alongside 2 year-old Woodrow Graves. Canadian Screen Award nominee and Atlantic Film Festival award-winner Andrew Gillis (official TIFF 2016 selection, WEREWOLF) has a supporting role.
“I thought it would be interesting to explore the life of a new parent in the context of a mystery or horror film. It’s such a special time, but there is also a lot of uncertainty. You’re constantly questioning yourself and over-worrying, sometimes to the point of madness,” says filmmaker Seth Smith. “With The Crescent I wanted to create an abstract space that reflected some of these feelings.”
Seth Smith is a Nova Scotia-based filmmaker, visual artist and musician. His works frequent the genre festival circuit and are praised for their dark tone and surrealist style. His first no-budget feature, LOWLIFE, was named “The feel bad hit of 2012” by Vice, won the people’s choice award at the Atlantic Film Festival and received a nation-wide, crowd-sourced theatrical release. The Crescent is his second feature. Outside of filmmaking, Seth is known for his music in gloom-pop outfit Dog Day.
THE CRESCENT makes its World Premiere on the TIFF17 stage as part of the Midnight Madness program – date and time to be announced.
Filmmaker Seth Smith, whose band DOG DAY has received critical acclaim, composes the full score of THE CRESCENT. The soundtrack is set to be released on vinyl in Fall 2017.
THE CRESCENT is produced by Cut/Off/Tail, the Nova Scotia-based production company of director Seth Smith, producer Nancy Urich, and screenwriter Darcy Spidle. Cut/Off/Tail develops and produces scripted independent film content for multi-platform release. Working with various production, financing, sales, and distribution partners from across Canada and the United States, Cut/Off/Tail is committed to producing visually engaging and emotionally charged drama that connects with international audiences and demonstrates a unique East Coast perspective. Cut/Off/Tail is best known for Seth Smith’s award-winning indie it, LOWLIFE, which won the Audience Award at Atlantic Film Festival in 2012.
Raven Banner holds Canadian distribution rights and is handling sales.
Telefilm Canada participated in the funding of the film.
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