Musician R. Alverson, well-known from the band Spokane, made this meditative, observing film about friendship and vulnerability after making The Builder. Sean and Ike work at a tyre centre - one is wrestling with himself while the other has found solace in the Lord. The Irish immigrant Sean is coming to terms with a war trauma he got in Afghanistan. The evangelical Ike (singer Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) tries to persuade him to choose God in this confusing period. Sean cannot bear the chaos of the world around him any more and is inclined to embrace a clear-cut religious image of the world. In the local diner, they talk about the end of the world and the comfort of believing in something, even if it is only an obvious reassurance. In this character study, Alverson used many calm close-ups to give the men time to reflect on their lives.


Filmmaker
Rick Alverson
Premiere
World premiere
Country
USA
Year
2011
Medium
HDcam
Length
92’
Language
English
Producer
Rick Alverson, Courtney Bowles
Production Company
Made Bed Productions
Sales
Made Bed Productions
Writer
Colm O'Leary, Rick Alverson
Cinematography
Rick Alverson
Editor
Rick Alverson
Sound Design
Andrew Uvarov
Music
Robert Donne, Champ Bennett
Cast
Colm O'Leary, Will Oldham
Website
https://www.madebedproductions.com/new-jerusalem