Canadian producer/director Tricia Lee released her second feature film last month to tour a limited theater run, and we have the final two weeks worth of dates down below for those of you who are in that area. Lee has burst onto the indie horror scene with two full-length features within the past year (news of the release of the first to come later today), and has produced them through her own company, A Film Monkey Production, Inc. Judging by the trailer, Silent Retreat combines the isolated campground setting common to horror with a harsh, almost cult-like, situation and hints at elements of a creature feature. In other words, it looks awesome.
Fresh from its award winning premiere at The Toronto After Dark Festival, Silent Retreat directed by Tricia Lee will have a theatrical run at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto and The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, opening Friday, June 13th.
With Silent Retreat, director Tricia Lee is fast proving that horror is no longer just for the guys. Described by Rue Morgue as a film that “beautifully blends supernatural horror with the terrors of the real world”, Silent Retreat tells the story of Janey, a troubled youth sent to a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the woods in order to avoid jail time. She discovers that the intimidating Doctor, who runs the retreat, is brainwashing the girls to be subservient women. If Janey doesn’t follow his rules, she’ll discover what lurks beyond the trees, and what happens to those who don’t embrace the silence.
At its heart, the movie is about women finding their voice and refusing to be silent, a theme that resonated deeply for Tricia. While horror has seen a remarkable influx of strong female voices in the last decade (including Canada’s own Soska Sisters – American Mary), it is still a male dominated world. For Tricia, it was time to add her own spin to the genre – strong female characters and emotionally resonant themes, with classic horror imagery, and a baroque melodramatic flair. It was Lee’s fierce determination to make her voice heard at any cost that allowed her to bring together an incredibly committed cast and crew.
Lead by Chelsea Jenish and Sofia Banzhaf, both talented actresses making their feature film debuts, Silent Retreat brings together some of Toronto’s best actors. Horror vet, Robert Nolan, who has appeared in many critically acclaimed films (Mourning Has Broken, Familiar) uses his extensive genre experience to give the movie its most menacing performance.
Check out the trailer and screenshots below, and for those of you in Canada, here are the upcoming screenings:
June 22 – 24, 2014
Glenboro, MB: Glenboro Gaiety Theatre
Address: 508 Railway Ave. Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0
July 24 – 27, 2014
Regina, SK: Regina Public Library Film Theatre
Address: 2311 12th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 3Z5
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