Over the GW

Director: Nick Gaglia
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This harrowing story of a brainwashing drug rehabilitation facility is all the more troubling because itís based on writer/director/producer Nick Gagliaís own experiences as a teenager. In this drama, Tony (George Gallagher) and Sofia (Kether Donohue) are teenage siblings from the Bronx. Out of options, their mother brings them over the GW Bridge to a rehab in Jersey. What is meant to be a 30-day stay turns into a traumatic 2 1/2 years of abuse and imprisonment. The director of the program, Dr. Hiller (Albert Insinnia), leads Tony and Sofia to believe this is the only institution that will keep them sober and if they leave, they will die. The story gives a terrifying twist to a typical tale as we follow Tony and Sofia through their final moments of resistance and into their comfortable surrender. Fully brainwashed, Tony and Sofia must fight their way out of the cultish haze. Beautifully photographed, the film shifts from gritty to green as the color supports and builds on the moody and subdued performances.
Gagliaís sister and father worked with him on the production of this personal and restrained drama. Over the GW premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival.

KEYWORDS: Cult, Drugs, Family Issues, Youth, Corruption