AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2011
By Don Simpson | October 13, 2011
Directors: Mark Dennis, Ben Foster
Writer: Mark Dennis
Starring: Billy Harvey, Elle LaMont, Chris Potter, Karl Anderson, Jack Lee, Olivia Draguicevich, Daniel Dasent, Phillip Yeager, Gary Chason
When we are first introduced to Billy (Billy Harvey) and Chavine (Elle LaMont), they are gleefully in love and expecting a baby in nine months. Next thing we know, Billy is woefully depressed, having never recovered from the death of the aforementioned child. See, due to his inability to adequately support his family with his measly starving artist income, Billy has accepted the blame for their baby’s death. Now, he is a barely functioning human being.
For better or worse, Billy accepts a Faustian opportunity to begin his life anew with a clean slate. There is only one rule: Billy can never go back to his old life. This is when those pesky strings come into play — they must be cut once and for all.
Mark Dennis and Ben Foster’s Strings is one of those twisty thrillers that is impossible to discuss in any real depth without totally spoiling it. I think it is safe to say that Mike Simpson’s — no relation to yours truly — cinematography is absolutely gorgeous (Simpson’s cinematography credits also include Christeene’s music video for “Tears from My Pussy”). But what really holds Strings together are the impressively strong leading performances by Billy Harvey, Elle LaMont and Chris Potter. At the very least, I can predict a strong festival run for Strings and bright futures for Dennis and Foster.