US Fiction Competition
(2016, 80 min.)
Directed by: Ari Issler, Ben Snyder
Screenwriter: Ari Issler, Ben Snyder, Victor Almanzar
Producers: Danny Mendoza, Joshua Blum, Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, Matthew Thurm
Cinematographer: Tim Gillis
Editor: Ray Hubley
Music: H. Scott Salinas
Cast: Victor Almanzar, Shirley Rumierk, Elizabeth Rodriguez, David Zayas, Goya Robles, Julia Stiles, John Leguizamo
After being involved in the fatal shooting of a local drug dealer, U.S. Marine Nelson Sanchez returns to the neighborhood he fled years ago. Amid the fanfare and celebration, the brother of the deceased learns of Nelson’s homecoming and vows revenge. Word reaches Nelson but instead of fleeing, he charts an unlikely path to break the cycle of violence that defined him.
Co-directors Ari Issler and Ben Snyder play with the conventions of the classic Western with dazzling emotional impact in their feature directorial debut. With a persistent, clock-ticking intensity throughout, the tension remains as high as the stakes. Brimming with excellent performances, 11:55 is a gripping and poignant tale of reconciliation and forgiveness.–Mark Maynard
Second screening added by popular demand.