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Jason Neulander Talks Two Lost Souls Story in Fugitive Dreams [Exclusive Interview]

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Jason Neulander directed Fugitive Dreams

Jason Neulander painted a beautiful story about two lost souls in Fugitive Dreams.

The drama touches upon themes of homelessness and mental health as two hobos embark on a journey together and develop their friendship.

The film stars April Matthis (New Amsterdam), Robbie Tann (Preacher), Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies), O’Lan Jones (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and David Patrick Kelly (Twin Peaks). Jason Neulander directed and adapted the feature film from a play by Caridad Svich.

Here’s the synopsis of the Fugitive Dreams:

In this allegorical movie touching on themes of homelessness, mental health, and addiction, two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love. Mary, a homeless drifter, is filled with anger and deep depression. When another drifter, John, inadvertently thwarts her suicide attempt, the two form an unlikely partnership across the American Midwest. John brings a certain innocence to their relationship, Mary, a hardened practicality. Mary’s destination is “anywhere but here.” John’s is a place that only exists in his imagination. Along the way, they meet a series of figures—ghosts of the road, voices of other cast-outs—deemed disposable by culture. These encounters challenge and torment John and Mary as they journey through a landscape that offers little solace for those living the most precarious of lives. The final leg of their wanderings brings them to the place of John’s dreams where the gray of the real world melts into color and the troubles of their afflictions dissolve away. Over the course of their story, John and Mary come to understand that the home they seek is not a particular place within this country. As they discover in the end, their home is one another.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Jason Neulander about Fugitive Dreams. We talked about the homelessness themes, Midwest backdrop, and the creativity cinematography between dream state and reality.

Jason Neulander is a stage play theatrical director and producer, in which he was involved over 50 projects. In 2010, The Intergalactic Nemesis premiered utilizing the forms of graphic novels, a YouTube series, podcasts, audio dramas, novels, and a live theatrical tour. His first short film, Hit & Run, was selected for the Texas Filmmakers Showcase in 2015. His follow up short film, Buttercup, premiered at the Maryland International Film Festival and then broadcast on PBS’s On Story. Fugitive Dreams is his debut feature that made its world premiere at Fantasia Film Festival this year.

Fugitive Dreams is currently playing at the Austin Film Festival.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Fugitive Dreams

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