A young couple is killed falling off a roof. Word quickly spreads, passed around between friends and the internet, and everyone makes fun of the deaths because the victims were naked at the time. Thing is, despite what they were doing, and despite the distance we allow ourselves, the victims were actual people, and the lead in In Memoriam can't quite shake that. He becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what happened, and it gets awkward when he implores family+friends, explaining he didn't actually know the couple & he's not an investigator, but he's looking into the case. This existential probing may be subconsciously set in motion by a set of interactions early on, wherein a couple of next door neighbors keep asking each other, "are you new?". Neither are new; they've just never noticed one another. The concern arises, Why don't we know more about each other? Why don't we care to find out? Director Stephen Cone is a smart filmmaker; In Memoriam, a clear-headed examination. It dives deep where films rarely skirt, and it keeps things interesting by taking a significant left turn midway through. Unlike Cone's subsequent films, The Wise Kids and Black Box, his first feature length didn't get much play on the festival circuit, either from bad timing or unwieldy subject matter or a combination of both. But it's not been without boosters: Robert Ebert called Cone, "a sure-minded director, and "In Memoriam", a touching film." We agree. NoBudge is happy to present a long due Online Premiere. (80 minutes) (2011).