Jul 27 - Aug 02, 2012
(Vernon Lott & Jennifer Anderson, USA, 2011, 53 min)
Special Jury winner at our Local Sightings Festival in 2011, Conﬂuence documents a series of disappearances on the Idaho/Washington state line. As we hear from victims’ families and law enforcement ofﬁcers, the story twists into an even more gruesome tale as the methods and motivations of a serial killer begin to take shape. The landscape is an ever-present character as Philip Bloom’s immaculate cinematography underlines the eeriness by seducing us with a portrait of vast open hills and a limitless sky.
>>Read The Seattle Times' interview with filmmakers Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson.
"haunting, compassionate and discerning...a welcome tone right now in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., massacre and our own recent epidemic of gun homicides in Seattle...Without exploiting the situation, Lott and Anderson make their own stylistic case for this story as an example of Northwest noir. Their various, somehow disquieting images of the valley, shot at some distance, suggest the kind of grim, residual isolation a person or community can feel when burdened by such a legacy. At the same time, their connect-the-dots, efficient storytelling makes "Confluence" as compelling as it is soulful." -Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times