Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2017


Directed by Robin Swicord


Director: Robin Swicord
Section: Spotlight
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O'Mara, Beverly D'Angelo, Ian Anthony Dale
18+ (no age rating)

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In Robin Swicord’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.

The screening on June 23 will take place during the CineMerit Award Ceremony for Bryan Cranston

Meet the director


Robin Swicord

Born October 23, 1952 in Columbia, SC. Robin Swicord is primarily known for her work as a screenwriter for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Satellite Award for best screenplay); LITTLE WOMEN, (co-producer, Writers Guild award nomination); MATILDA (co-written and co-produced with Nicholas Kazan); and the cult comedy Shag (shared); THE PEREZ FAMILY; PRACTICAL MAGIC (shared). She has written two plays that were produced off-Broadway ("Last Days at the Dixie Girl Café", "Criminal Minds"). In 2009 Swicord received an Oscar nomination for her contribution to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, a project Swicord originated and worked on for more than a decade. Her original feature script THE PROMISE, set during the Armenian genocide, with Terry George directing and Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac starring, was released 2016. Swicord made her feature-directing debut with Sony Classic's THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, produced by Julie Lynn and John Calley, for which Swicord also wrote the screenplay adaptation. She adapted the E.L. Doctorow short story "Assimilation" as a series pilot for HBO. Swicord created limited series PACIFIC HEIGHTS for BBC Worldwide with producer Jane Tranter, which traces the ascendance of the second-generation Gold Rush scions in San Francisco. Swicord is currently a Governor for the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and chairs the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. She mentors for the Sundance Screenwriting lab, and often co-leads Film Independent's Writers Lab. In 2015 she helped create and launch the inaugural Hedgebrook Screenwriting Workshop for women writers. Swicord is married to writer-director Nicholas Kazan; they have two daughters, actor-writer Zoe Kazan and actor-writer Maya Kazan.


Screenplay: Robin Swicord
Original Material: E.L Doctorow
Director of Photography: Andrei Bowden Schwartz
Film Editor: Matt Maddox
Composer: Aaron Zigman
Production Designer: Jeannine Oppewall
Costume Design: Kim Ngo
Sound: Zach Seivers
Producer: Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Elliot Webb, Carl Moellenberg, Wendy Federman
Production Company: Mockingbird Pictures
Co-Producer: Allison Avery Jordan, Kim H. Winther, Howie Young
World Sales: Red Granite International