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      Warm Blood

      Now Playing 1 hr. 28 min. Drama List
      Reviews Set in the underbelly of 1980s Modesto, California, Warm Blood uses the real-life diary of a teenage runaway named Red (newcomer Haley Isaacson) returning home to find her father. In his narrative feature debut, director Rick Charnoski's history as a skate video director informs the frenetic storytelling style, as he combines Red's nihilist musings with a collage of documentary and B-movie meta-narratives that paint a seedy picture of life on the outskirts of town. Talk-radio bits and punk music underscore the auditory cacophony of doom, while frequent Kelly Reichardt collaborator Christopher Blauvelt (First Cow, The Bling Ring) lends his immersive, naturalist lens shooting on gritty 16mm film. While Red searches the streets, a constant foreboding presence looms around the chemically toxic river polluting the town. Via a cable-access news reporter interviewing the local residents about its impact, Charnoski infuses today's growing apathy around the insurmountable nature of our man-made ecological disasters into this raw, politically subversive tale. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      Clayton G A lost art... Actual film making, with passion. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Andrea Thompson Chicago Reader As we join Red on her impromptu tour through her old stomping grounds and personal history, her reality is called into question as she encounters apathy at best and vicious hostility at worst. Sep 15, 2023 Full Review Stephen Saito Moveable Fest Any analog-era sense of ironic detachment gives way to an obvious affection for the community the film’s set in and while the threat of it all disappearing looms large, preserving it on film becomes just one admirably defiant act of many. Sep 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Set in the underbelly of 1980s Modesto, California, Warm Blood uses the real-life diary of a teenage runaway named Red (newcomer Haley Isaacson) returning home to find her father. In his narrative feature debut, director Rick Charnoski's history as a skate video director informs the frenetic storytelling style, as he combines Red's nihilist musings with a collage of documentary and B-movie meta-narratives that paint a seedy picture of life on the outskirts of town. Talk-radio bits and punk music underscore the auditory cacophony of doom, while frequent Kelly Reichardt collaborator Christopher Blauvelt (First Cow, The Bling Ring) lends his immersive, naturalist lens shooting on gritty 16mm film. While Red searches the streets, a constant foreboding presence looms around the chemically toxic river polluting the town. Via a cable-access news reporter interviewing the local residents about its impact, Charnoski infuses today's growing apathy around the insurmountable nature of our man-made ecological disasters into this raw, politically subversive tale.
      Director
      Rick Charnoski
      Screenwriter
      Rick Charnoski, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, James Hewison
      Distributor
      Factory 25
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 13, 2023, Limited