*Online Premiere* The matriarch of a rural Kentucky family takes issue with her daughter's boyfriend at a viewing party for the total solar eclipse. The mysterious and unsettling “Great Light” marks the directorial debut of Tony Oswald, after years of work as an editor (see “Frames”, “We’ll Be Happy Over There,” et al). He hits the ground running with an operatic drama about a Southern family battling distrust and resentment as they prepare to witness a remarkable celestial event. In the hours leading up to (this was actually filmed during the 2017 solar eclipse), the Kentucky property is abuzz with what should be excitement. But the head of the household Kim, is not comfortable with Nathan’s behavior, particularly around her grandchild, Katie. A series of small confrontations (“the Bible says that God created two great lights”), builds to larger ones suggesting a traumatic family history, and when the darkness finally arrives, the tension can’t be contained any longer. Striking visuals and a bold score accentuate the raw family portrait; Oswald directs his own mother in the lead role, a terrifically natural performance, always on the edge of combustion. [Watch on YouTube]. (11 minutes). Written, Directed & Edited by Tony Oswald. Produced by: Meghan Doherty & Brandon Colvin. Associate Producers: Kimberley Glass, Pisie Hochheim. Starring Kimberley Glass, Jordan Gosnell, Nicholas Hulstine. Director of Photography: Cody Duncum. Original Music: Gretchen Lohse and Thomas Hughes. For more on the film, read an Interview with director Tony Oswald at our newly launched Members Only Site!