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So committed is its attempt to re-create the style of ’20s silent melodramas, it is a bit of shock to realize that THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS is a stealth entry in a different subgenre (that just happens to be one of my favorites). Funny in a wry way that is never mocking, a bit surreal, and quite good as a silent film, this could have simply been an experiment that was too clever for its own good. But co-writer/director Aislinn Clarke knows better than to draw the film out too long and ends it on a subtly ominous note that feels very modern at the same time that it stays true to the look and feel of classic silent productions.
Clarke takes on a different subgenre—this time, found footage—with her feature debut as a co-writer/director as THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY will play Cinepocalypse 2018 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. The festival runs from June 21st-28th. You can find all info and tickets at the Music Box Theatre site.
–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)