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  Alex Thompson

  United States     90 minutes


In this deftly directed psychological thriller, diligent medical resident James Hayman transfers to a rural Illinois hospital to escape from the shadow of a traumatic experience at his previous post. But his past catches up with him when he encounters a new patient, 19-year-old Helen, whose asthma attacks and impending lung transplant strike him as suspicious. Chicago filmmaker Alex Thompson offers the same sensitive and delicate approach to character on display in his celebrated feature debut Saint Frances; Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always) is subtly enthralling as Helen, while Steppenwolf ensemble member Namir Smallwood delivers a riveting performance as James, a promising doctor increasingly losing his grasp on reality.

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.


Film Credits

  •   Julianna Imel, Leah Gaydos, James Choi, Edwin Linker, Pierce Cravens, Alex Thompson, p.g.a
  •   Alex Thompson, Christopher Thompson
  •   Michael S. Smith
  •   Rachel Cole, Matt Hyland
  •   Nate Hurtsellers
  •   Namir Smallwood, Sidney Flanigan, Michael Potts, Max Lipchitz, David Cromer, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Bradley Grant Smith, Kelly O'Sullivan
  •   Macie Stewart, Quinn Tsann
  •   Runaway Train