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The Cold Lands

Producers Paul Mezey, Andrew Goldman


When his fiercely self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, eleven year-old Atticus is wary of the authorities and flees deep into the forests of his Catskills home. His sheltered, off-the-grid childhood is over, and a new life on the move has begun.

As Atticus wanders the woods in a daze, relying on whatever food and shelter he can find, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur. When he encounters Carter, a scruffy, pot smoking drifter who lives out of his car and sells necklaces at music festivals, Atticus latches on. The two form a wary alliance, and as their dependence upon each other grows, neither is quite sure he is making the right decision.

The Cold Lands is a Cinereach production.

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About The Team

Tom Gilroy (Director/Writer) wrote and directed the short Touch Base, starring Lili Taylor, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and the critically acclaimed feature Spring Forward starring Liev Schreiber, Ned Beatty, Ian Hart and Campbell Scott. A three-time fellow of The MacDowell Colony and two-time fellow of the Sundance Labs, Tom was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Screenwriting grant for his new feature script, Our Lady of the Snow. His plays — most notably The Invisible Hand and Halcyon Days — have been produced in several US cities and around the world. Along with co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, Tom just completed a two-year run as the director and head writer of the political satire theatre project Wake Up, World, and last year was commissioned (alongside Sophie Calle, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Albert Maysles) by music legends R.E.M. to create It Happened Today, a short work inspired by their final album. The Cold Lands is his second feature film.

Paul Mezey (Producer) is a New York-based independent producer, founder of Journeyman Pictures, and Producer in Residence at Cinereach. Mr. Mezey has produced a number of critically acclaimed films including Maria Full Of Grace, which received a 2005 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress and Half Nelson starring Ryan Gosling, which received a 2007 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor. Recent projects include Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Cinereach), David Riker’s The Girl starring Abbie Cornish,Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands, and Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness Of Blood, which won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. His other films include: Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden’s baseball odyssey Sugar; Sophie Barthes’ feature debut Cold Souls starring Paul Giamatti; Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man; Jim Mckay’s Angel Rodriguez, Everyday People and Our Song; Tom Gilroy’s Spring Forward starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber; David Riker’s The City (La Ciudad); Mandy Stein’s Mississippi Blues documentary You See Me Laughin’; and The Ballad Of Ramblin’ Jack directed by Aiyana Elliott (winner of the Artistic Achievement Award for documentary film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival).