Vlad Feier understands hundreds of thousands of children are missing in the United States. In fact, children go missing around the world.
At first, he had plans for a documentary about missing and exploited children. However, it soon evolved into a narrative feature for Still Here to relay a better message under his vision. Even the initial storyline changed from Romania to New York and with a black family. Not to mention, the timing of the film’s release relates to the current affairs in the United States today.
The movie stars Johnny Whitworth (Limitless), Maurice McRae (Random Acts of Flyness), Zazie Beetz (Joker), Afton Williamson (The Night Of), Larry Pine (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot). Feier makes his directorial debut from the script he wrote with Peter Gutter.
Here’s the synopsis:
In Still Here, when twelve-year-old Monique Watson disappears from home, her father, Michael Watson (McRae), refuses to give up even as the media and police make little effort in solving the case. The assignment lands in the hands of journalist Christian Baker (Whitworth), who at first pursues a false lead, turning the entire case upside down. Filled with guilt, Christian helps Michael in search for his daughter, while facing resistance from the community, the police, and his publication.
LRM Online exclusively spoke with director Vlad Feier last month about this project. He discussed the origins of the script, changing the narrative and the timeliness of current events in America.
The Romanian-born director makes his feature film debut with Still Here. He developed and directed several short films in the past, including The Intruder and Lamentables.
Still Here is currently playing in select theaters and on VOD.
Watch the exclusive interview below and let us know what you think.
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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Blue Fox Entertainment