SF IndieFest: DONOVAN REID
First show: February 02
Austin Smagalski’s debut feature is a thriller that takes a deep look into the lengths one will go to protect their idea of family. Full of twists and turns, DONOVAN REID follows a young man who shows up at the police station of a small coastal town claiming to be a long-lost missing child. While the father immediately believes this is his son, the mother and the police detective are not convinced. We also see, via flashbacks, the same person living with an older woman who calls him Michael and keeps him locked in the house and denied contact with anyone. Is this all just a scheme to escape his captor, and will he be exposed by the police, or a distant mother who will stop at nothing to get a DNA test? An old childhood friend who has become an investigative reporter tries to get to the truth and causes the young man to question who he really might be and why he was taken. Both stirring and mysterious, this impressive first feature was shot locally in Petaluma and Dillon Beach with a local cast and crew.
Plays with ALCOHOLOCAUST (9 min.)
Directed by Austin Smagalski. Narrative, Local. 90 minutes. USA. 2019.
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