Cold Turkey Directed
Will Slocombe USA / 2013 / 85 minutes New York Premiere
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Will Slocombe’s Thanksgiving dramedy Cold Turkey follows a holiday reunion turned raconteur hair-raiser when Turner patriarch, Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich), has to face the moral and fiscal responsibilities of fatherhood.
An autobiographical picture inspired by Slocombe’s family experiences, Cold Turkey confronts not only the trying nature of sibling hood but the underlying value in shared upbringing, revealing the safe-haven that an otherwise train wreck of a reunion can provide to a family torn by individual differences and times past. Slocombe innovatively plays with would-be antiquated themes of family drama, with Cheryl Hines starring as the not-so-evil stepmother, Alicia Witt as the “insane” outcast daughter and Ashton Holmes and Sonya Walger as the semi-innocent bystander siblings. While Cold Turkey might encourage hesitance for the holiday season, it will be sure to instill in its audience the belief that home is where the heart is – and that goes without a price. –Chandra Knotts
Will Slocombe has directed numerous commercials, a web series, and three independent features. His directorial debut, Crime Fiction, was selected out of over 1000 submissions to premiere at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and was celebrated by Variety as “intriguing” and “Hitchcockian.” A Washington, D.C. native, Will has held positions at ABC News, Guggenheim Productions, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards. The Chicago Tribune has named him among Chicago’s “Five to Watch” list of emerging talent. He recently wrote / directed a web series, Reception, and wrapped production on his second feature, Mulligan. Cold Turkey is his third feature as a director, his first as a writer.
Cast/Featuring: Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines, Alicia Witt, Sonya Walger, Ashton Holmes, Ross Partridge, Amy Ferguson, Wilson Bethel
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