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"GODSPEED" NOW ON DVD & VOD!

PURCHASE THE DVD:

DVD extras include Director Commentary, three Deleted Scenes with optional commentary, Behind the Scenes featurette, Cast Interviews, and Theatrical Trailer!

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RENT OR STREAM ON NETFLIX:

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CABLE ON-DEMAND:

"Godspeed" is now available On Demand from Time Warner

Check your local cable listings to see if the film is available from your provider!

 

"GODSPEED" OPENS MARCH 26, 2010

• NEW YORK CITY, CINEMA VILLAGE, starting MARCH 26, 2010

• LOS ANGELES, SUNSET 5, starting APRIL 9, 2010

• ANCHORAGE, BEAR TOOTH THEATRE, starting APRIL 16, 2010

Cast and Crew will be present for opening weekend screenings at the Cinema Village and the Sunset 5!!

Please check theatres for ticket prices and showtimes.

More cities and screenings to come, so please check back to see if the film is playing in city near you!

 

GOING TO CALIFORNIA -- SAN FRANCISCO THAT IS...

We're proud to announce that we'll be screening as part of the 2010 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. All Bay Area fans please join us on Sat. February 13th, at 9:30pm or Wed. February 17th also at 9:30pm. Both screenings will be at the wonderful Roxie theater!

Director Robert Saitzyk will be in attendance for both screenings and lead actor/producer Joseph McKelheer will also be in attendance on the 13th! Other cast may join too, and we'll let you all know more details as soon as possible!

 

"GODSPEED" -- BACK "HOME"

We screened at the Anchorage International Film Festival on Dec. 6th and 11th. It was great coming back "home," and we hope to play Anchorage again as well as other AK regions. All Alaska fans -- let your local theatres know about the film!

Thanks to Rand and Tony for having us out there for the festival.

 

OUR INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: 20TH STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!!

"Godspeed" will screen as part of the American Independents section in the prestigious Stockholm International Film Festival, alongside indie filmmakers Andrew Bujalski and Harmony Korine, and films by Steven Soderbergh and Jim Jarmusch. We're very excited and honored to be part of this group of new and established American filmmakers in Stockholm.

We screen Sunday, November 22nd, Wednesday, November 25th, and Saturday, November 28th. "Bergman" country, here we come!

Click the headline for our program page (yes, it's in English) or here for the full festival website (also in English).

 

"GODSPEED" LOVES AUSTIN!

Our screenings went very well thanks to the smart, responsive, and passionate Austinites in the audience. Some of the best Q&A we've had so far!

We want to thank Kelly, David, Adrian, Samantha, and of course our kick-ass liasons, Stephanie and Eddie for making it all happen.

Please also see this AMAZING review from Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle. 

 

"GODSPEED" IN COMPETITION AT THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

We have been selected to this year's Narrative Feature Competition at the 2009 Austin Film Festival which runs concurrent with their amazing Screenwriters Conference.

The film screens October 22nd and 24th. For more info, or to buy tickets, please visit the festival's on-line schedule. The schedule is wholly interactive, so feel free to add comments and reviews and check in here for more updates about the screenings.

 

"GODSPEED" IS THE CLOSING NIGHT GALA FILM AT THE IDAHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

We've been invited to play this year's Idaho International Film Festival and will screen on September 26th and 27th. Any Boise fans please join us!

For more updates and info, we encourage you all to join our Facebook fan page if you haven't done so already.

 

"GODSPEED" IS AWARDED A SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AT THE 2009 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL!

The award was given to actor/producers Cory Knauf, Joseph McKelheer & director Robert Saitzyk and was presented by writer/director Jody Hill, who along with Eugene Hernandez (Editor-in-Chief of indieWIRE), critics Christy Lemire & Glenn Whipp, formed this year's CineVegas competition jury.

 

A small picture vibrating with grand passions, “Godspeed” transforms the vast lawlessness of the Alaskan wilderness into a playground for damaged souls and Old Testament mischief.

Directed with gothic flair by Robert Saitzyk, “Godspeed"...ends confidently with a climax that’s bloody enough to jolt but not enough to sicken — a trick that too many directors have yet to master.

JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, NEW YORK TIMES

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“Godspeed” isn’t the kind of film that fucks around, and I mean that on every level. It’s intense, brutal, intriguing and expertly executed. I see a ton of indie films each year and of the five or six that stick out and hang with me far after the credits roll, I can tell now that “Godspeed” will be one of those. It’s easily one of the best indie films of the year.

DON R. LEWIS, FILM THREAT

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It's always a relief to kick off a festival (any festival) with a seriously great film, and this tautly wound and even more tightly paced mini-epic of love, loss, and redemption deep in the heart of God's country (aka Alaska) is nothing if not awe-inspiring.

Shot with a John Fordian eye for sweeping natural vistas, not to mention Ford's passionately cynical humanism, Godspeed is a Northern gothic that at times seems co-written by Stephen King and Flannery O'Connor...

Director Robert Saitzyk somehow manages the impossible and completely sidesteps the usual traps inherent in such Old Testamental material...with a powerful combination of grace and fury.

MARC SAVLOV, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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Directed by Robert Saitzyk, the film strikes a chord as a thriller whose level of suspense never loosens...McKelheer gives a tour de force performance...

An intense thriller that digs much deeper than the tale of violent retribution on the surface, and its themes are such that the film leaves a lasting impression on you long after the credits roll.

JEREMY KIRK, WE ARE FILM GEEKS

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A mix of religious exposition and grisly horror, “Godspeed” is visually striking and well-made.

McKelheer and Knauf make a formidable team—talent both in front and behind the camera.

JONATHAN W. HICKMAN, EINSIDERS.COM

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Cinematographer Michael Hardwick's poetically assured use of the RED One digital camera gives Saitzyk's Terrence Malick-ish ambitions a compelling visual orientation in spiritual uneasiness.

ROBERT ABELE, LA TIMES

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Knauf is impressive. His mere introduction not only sets the movie’s cynical energy, but also puts the story in motion. In fact, his portrayal of Luke is half the reason the film is so deliciously satisfying in the end.

Godspeed delivers the same visual quality as most big-budget Hollywood films.

GRADE: A

CESAR CRUZ, CAMPUS CIRCLE

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Godspeed surprises you at every turn with character expectations never panning out to be what you imagine.

The consequences for all the characters are brutal and harsh but poetic, much like the land they stand on. Shot on the Red camera, the cinematic quality of this film makes it as much worth seeing on the big screen as the entangled and violent story.

MELANIE ADDINGTON, OXFORD FILM FREAK

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“Godspeed”, set in the rugged beauty of Alaska, is a poignant story which connects with its audience by marrying religious extremism, retribution and murder in a fastpaced thriller that picks you up and wonʼt let you down to its final frames.

ROB GOALD & CARLOS ROJAS, FILM FESTIVAL TODAY

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Godspeed is one of those simple thrillers that excels in the way that all great thrillers do – the most intense scenes involve two people talking. Take away the gunplay and the violence and the blood, the really engaging drama occurs {when} two actors create a moment so intense you can feel a pin drop… if there were a pin around.

CHRIS GORE, founder FILM THREAT

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Shot against an immensely beautiful Alaskan backdrop, "Godspeed" is an intriguing thriller carrying a bare mythic quality, a dreamlike intensity and a bleak understanding of the darkness of the human heart. With its minimalist screenplay and blending of religious exposition and strikingly credible acting, this collaboration between director Robert Saitzyk and actors McKelheer and Knauf carefully avoids clichés and creates one of this years most purposeful films.

REBECKA AHLBERG, STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Visually stirring...Hardwick's pristine images take full advantage of that gorgeous Northern light.

MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Nothing I enjoy more than to sit down and check out a movie I know little about and end up watching something surprisingly good and memorable. If you get a chance, track this one down as Robert Saitzyk ...delivers one superb, taut thriller that has some great performances and looks hauntingly gorgeous.

“Godspeed” has some amazing acting going on...McKelheer plays the tortured Charlie well enough in the first half of the film, but it is the last chapter where he truly shines with some very powerful emotions competently on display. As for Knauf, watching him play Luke was a real treat. His hate-filled, Manson-like persona was convincing and surprising. The scenes in which these two square off with each other verbally are as tense as a coiled up rattlesnake.

CHRISTOPHER HELM, DREAMINDEMON.COM

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The screenplay...has moments of beauty. Most of the best contemplative lines are delivered by Sarah.

There is power in a woman’s desire for a man, and perhaps this manifests itself most intensely in a young girl’s first crush. Halverson is tasked with bringing this to the screen. She does so with ease, and she also narrates the beautifully scripted emotions of the film – again with a mix of depth and naivete.

MATT DRUM, MOVIE REVIEW ZOO

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INTERVIEWS & OTHER PRESS

E-FILM CRITIC INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT SAITZYK by Erik Childress

BEHIND THE LENS: GODSPEED, LAS VEGAS WEEKLY by Scott Den Herder

RIFLES & PASTELS - CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR OF FRESH ALASKANA FILM by By Scott Christiansen, Anchorage Press

"ONE SHOT" INDIEWIRE INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT SAITZYK

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT SAITZYK ON MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! WITH JAMEY DUVALL

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SYNOPSIS

Charlie Shepard (Joseph McKelheer, THE HAMILTONS) is a modern day faith healer, a man who claims that if you let go and believe, then his power to heal is very real indeed. Living hand-to-mouth with his young son and wife Rebecca (Jessie Ward, REST STOP: DON’T LOOK BACK), Charlie ekes out a meager living from his "healing" sessions in a small Alaskan town. With his marriage failing, and an old drinking habit coming back to haunt him, his family is brutally murdered by unknown assailants for seemingly no reason whatsoever.

Six months later, Charlie has abandoned his former life and the house his family lived in, moving through the days' slow existence more like a ghost than a man. Even local fish and game man Mitch (veteran actor Ed Lauter, THE LONGEST YARD, SEABISCUIT) can’t seem to break through Charlie’s intense desolation, further arousing his own curiosity with this broken man’s plight.

Then, a young, mysterious girl named Sarah (Courtney Halverson) appears in town, and seeks out Charlie, pleading for help with her own grief-stricken father after her mother’s death.  It’s here on Charlie’s journey to Sarah’s remote home, buried deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where he must eventually confront Sarah’s troubled brother Luke (Cory Knauf, THE HAMILTONS) -- a dark journey that will ultimately reveal the truth of his family’s killings and lead to tragic, violent consequences for all.

Directed by award winning filmmaker Robert Saitzyk (AFTER THE FLOOD) GODSPEED is a tightly wound, stylish thriller that explores the limits of humanity on the edges of the Last Frontier.

PRINCIPAL CAST & CREW

CAST:

Joseph McKelheer - Charlie Shepard
Cory Knauf - Luke Roberts
Courtney Halverson - Sarah Roberts
Ed Lauter - Mitch
Jessie Ward - Rebecca Shepard
Hallock Beals - Tim
Lynn Adrianna Freedman - Belle
Ed Lauter - Mitch
Ben Loosli - James

FILMMAKERS:

Director: Robert Saitzyk
Screenplay by: Cory Knauf & Robert Saitzyk
Edited By: Robert Saitzyk
Director of Photography: Michael Hardwick

Music by: Jeremy Grody & Justin Melland

Produced by: Houston King & John Flanagan

**Click here for the full cast & crew list on imDB.com

 

 

 

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