Synopsis: Available May 31st Only!
Ecology graduate students Ian and Albert spend the summer collecting flora and fauna samples with their lonely, off-putting adviser, Dr. Clarence Rumble. At his woodsy cabin, close quarters foster comical friction and unexpected bonds between them. Like ethereal bolts of lighting, three enigmatic, freewheeling backpackers–Rose, Reed, and Iris–crash into their lives. As the backpackers push the men to open up, the mystery of their arrival deepens. Where did they come from? Why are they here? The answers are intertwined with the scientists’ transcendent fates.
I made A Dim Valley as a way to renew the transcendental spirit of my home, Eastern Kentucky. It’s a new myth, an alternative cosmology. I wanted A Dim Valley to connect with viewers intuitively, naturally flowing through different moods and genres with slapstick comedy situated alongside erotic yearning and fantastical happenings giving way to deep melancholy. The film sits somewhere at the nexus of Jacques Rivette’s Duelle, David Lynch & Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks, and Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.