Films

The Crescent

The Crescent

Synopsis

Director

Following the death of her husband, Beth, with her toddler son Lowen in tow, retreats to a seaside cottage at Silver Crescent Beach. The loss of her partner has been emotionally draining, and the added pressures of single parenting have become more than she can bear. To help cope, Beth turns to her art – the abstract printing process of paper marbling. But the work often leaves her reminiscing about her past life. Though the implications of his father’s absence aren’t fully understood, Lowen also feels the loss. He demands constant attention of his mother, acts out, and develops a strange fixation with the ocean. As mother and son attempt to rebuild their bond, a mysterious force from the sea begins to haunt them. Meanwhile, a motley crew of local residents is getting way too close for comfort.

Beth can’t take it anymore. She descends further into grief. And in a rash act, fuelled by a desire to be with her husband again, she abandons her son and attempts to drown herself in the sea. Lost and alone, Lowen is forced to fend for himself, save his mother, and confront the dark force beyond the ocean’s gate.

Directed, edited, co-written and scored by Seth A. Smith, „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. The film is produced by Smith’s long time producing partner Nancy Urich, and stars their 2-year-old son Woodrow Graves.

Seth A. Smith

is a filmmaker and visual artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His films have screened at festivals around the world and are praised for their dark tone and surrealist style. His films include the shorts „Rome“ (2010), „Wind Through a Tree“ (2015), and „I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You“ (2015), and the feature „Lowlife“ (2012). „The Crescent“ is his latest work. Outside of directing shorts and features, Seth is known for his music in Dog Day, his visual art in Yorodeo, and frequently serves as a programmer for various film festivals.

Filmography

  • Lowlife (2012)
  • The Crescent (2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
22:30 - 00:09
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Screening code: 022003
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24.11.2017
21:45 - 23:24
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Screening code: 081303
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25.11.2017
22:15 - 23:54
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Screening code: 090704
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Midnight Shivers

Film info

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 99 minutes
Language: English
Director: Seth A. Smith
Producer: Nancy Urich
Writer: Darcy Spidle
DOP: Craig Buckley
Montage: Seth A. Smith
Composer: Seth A. Smith
Cast: Danika Vandersteen, Woodrow Graves, Terrance Murray, Brit Loder, Andrew Gillis
Production: Cut/Off/Tail Pictures
Festivals: Toronto, Sitges

Synopsis

Director

Following the death of her husband, Beth, with her toddler son Lowen in tow, retreats to a seaside cottage at Silver Crescent Beach. The loss of her partner has been emotionally draining, and the added pressures of single parenting have become more than she can bear. To help cope, Beth turns to her art – the abstract printing process of paper marbling. But the work often leaves her reminiscing about her past life. Though the implications of his father’s absence aren’t fully understood, Lowen also feels the loss. He demands constant attention of his mother, acts out, and develops a strange fixation with the ocean. As mother and son attempt to rebuild their bond, a mysterious force from the sea begins to haunt them. Meanwhile, a motley crew of local residents is getting way too close for comfort.

Beth can’t take it anymore. She descends further into grief. And in a rash act, fuelled by a desire to be with her husband again, she abandons her son and attempts to drown herself in the sea. Lost and alone, Lowen is forced to fend for himself, save his mother, and confront the dark force beyond the ocean’s gate.

Directed, edited, co-written and scored by Seth A. Smith, „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. The film is produced by Smith’s long time producing partner Nancy Urich, and stars their 2-year-old son Woodrow Graves.

Seth A. Smith

is a filmmaker and visual artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His films have screened at festivals around the world and are praised for their dark tone and surrealist style. His films include the shorts „Rome“ (2010), „Wind Through a Tree“ (2015), and „I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You“ (2015), and the feature „Lowlife“ (2012). „The Crescent“ is his latest work. Outside of directing shorts and features, Seth is known for his music in Dog Day, his visual art in Yorodeo, and frequently serves as a programmer for various film festivals.

Filmography

  • Lowlife (2012)
  • The Crescent (2017)