When Denver-based filmmaker Neil Truglio listened to the music of Iron & Wine, he was inspired. In fact, his emotional reaction to the bands first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was the impetus for his brand-new flick, We Are the Sea.
Its about an English teacher at a high school whos sort of in self-exile. Hes put a lot of distance between himself and his friends and his family and his relationships, and hes kind of made the decision to exit, says Truglio, who holds a theater degree from the University of Colorado. So its about what you do when you realize you have nothing if you just continue down that path, or if you try to reclaim the things youve lost.
The film is an atmospheric drama of alienation and redemption that sports an accompanying atmospheric soundtrack from the band that inspired it, including some never-before-released tracks. Speaking of never before, tonight marks the films hometown debut at the Starz Denver Film Festival (the first showing was in Dallas). This is kind of the homecoming, Truglio notes.
See it tonight at 6:45 p.m. at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, or at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Starz FilmCenter, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus. Tickets are $12; for more information, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Fri., Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m., 2010