Flight of the Cardinal

Flight of the Cardinal

USA, 2010, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Program: U.S. Features

DIRECTOR: Robert Gaston

West Coast Premiere

A sense of dread and paranoia becomes increasingly intense in this thriller set in a remote lodge in the Smokey Mountains.

Filmmaker Robert Gaston (2 Minutes Later, Open Cam) brings us his newest film, an entertaining and engrossing thriller. Grady (Ross Beschler), a recent city transplant, has his hands full fixing up his recently acquired lakeside resort lodge, hidden away in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. With only local boy Beetle (David J. Bonner) to assist, he inaugurates his hotel by inviting a group of college friends for the weekend. He also invites his recently aloof boyfriend Andy (Matthew Montgomery) to join in the fun. Instead of the anticipated cheeriness of a relaxing weekend, troubling events, strange behavior and an increasing sense of doom begin to trouble the already emotionally vulnerable Grady. He gets dumped, begins to question his friends’ reasons for being there and becomes wary of the outwardly jovial but potentially threatening Beetle. Is his paranoia warranted or is he the problem? When a violent storm keeps anyone from leaving the hotel, the pervading sense of doom intensifies. Gaston creates an intense sense of dread, as nerves are frayed, suspicions aroused and the threat of violence comes to a boil.


—RAYMOND MURRAY

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