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Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Magnolia :: Narrative Features
Running Time:100:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
7:30 PM EST
Saturday, November 16
Thalian Main
4:00 PM EST
Sunday, November 17
Thalian Ballroom

Producers: Justin Benson, David Lawson Jr., Michael Mendelsohn, Aaron Moorhead
Cinematographer: Aaron Moorhead
Executive Producers: Natalie Perrotta, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan

Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with otherworldly effects. Anthony Mackie plays Steve as he dives deeper into the wild side effects of the synthetic drug known as synchronic. He salvages the final remaining doses as he desperately tries to find his partner’s daughter, who goes missing after trying the drug. New Orleans serves as the perfect raw material for some trippy set design as Benson and Moorhead continue their playful investigation of genre in this mindbendingly crafty thriller – a brain busting jump into a world where time makes its own rules, and we’re just struggling to keep up.            


Aaron Moorhead grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University Film School. He has directed and co-directed several features, including A Glaring Emission, Resolution, Spring, V/H/S: Viral, and The Endless. Moorhead came to Cucalorus with Spring (2014) and The Endless (2017).

Justin Benson was born in San Diego. He has directed the short A.M., and co-directed the short Wrecked and the features Resolution, Spring, V/H/S: Viral, and The Endless. Benson came to Cucalorus with Spring (2014) and The Endless (2017).

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In Summary
Director: Mary Cocuzza / 1:00
Depression, a magic lamp, and a mystical genie all in one minute.