Stinking Heaven

  • 70'
  • USA
  • 2015
Stinking Heaven starts with a marriage ceremony. It looks idyllic, but a little later it turns out that Kevin and his much younger bride Betty spend their wedding night in a small, grubby room full of bunk beds, watched by the other tenants. They live in a commune in New Jersey, founded by the idealistic married couple Jim and Lucy. All the inhabitants are former drug addicts and try to keep off drink and drugs using improvised game therapy. That turns out not to be very easy.
New Yorker Nathan Silver situated his fifth independently produced feature in the early 1990s. Stinking Heaven was shot on a professional video camera from that era. The typical grainy video (in 4:3 format) is a good match for the communual chaos that Silver tries to register. As always, he worked without a scenario and allowed his actors to improvise. The result is a jumpy, idiosyncratic and sensitive group portrait.

Director
Nathan Silver
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
70'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Rachel Wolther
Sales
filmaudit
Screenplay
Nathan Silver, Jack Dunphy
Cinematography
Adam Ginsberg
Editor
Stephen Gurewitz
Production Design
Britni West
Sound Design
Arjun G. Sheth
Music
Paul Grimstad
Cast
Hannah Gross, Deragh Campbell