*Thanks for tuning in. The 1-Week Screening Window has closed.* A sleuthing yarn with a millennial filter involving the case of the missing sister, Isabel — a free spirit, possibly a satanist — gone without a trace. Her concerned sister, Eve, heads into New York City to find out what’s happening.
At first, no one knows about the disappearance, but Eve discovers Isabel had rented a room above a cafe (decorated with a noose), and she nudges her way in. But Isabel doesn’t return, and Eve is out of clues. She hires a private detective but things go awry quickly, and what began as a simple off-the-grid sister expands into a paranoid whodunnit (and what did they do?) with a mysterious satanist connection.
Devil Town features an all-star indie cast of, to name a few, Sophia Takal, Lawrence Levine, Alex Ross Perry, Brook Bloom, Caveh Zahedi, and Jen Kim, all doing nice work. Directed by Harvey Mitkas, sliding fluidly between tones, mixing the understated with occasional outbursts, the slyly comedic mixed with the sinister. Photographed by Nandan Rao with his signature off-kilter framing and fuzzy focus.
A mumblecore riff on the missing person / detective tale. While looser and quieter than most, it still cashes in on the tropes of the genre — the eccentric detectives, the roundabout search for clues, the ’things are not what they seem’ puzzles and character twists. A straight-faced experiment in genre-mixing with a jazzy rhythm, a sneaky sense of humor, and a terrific ensemble cast. NoBudge is thrilled to present Devil Town as an Online Premiere. (74 minutes).