SABBATICAL // 2014 // USA // 72 minutes // 1.33:1
Directed & Written by Brandon Colvin // Produced by Brandon Colvin, Tony Oswald & Michael Sellers // Cinematography by Aaron Granat // Editing by Tony Oswald // Sound by Matt Baker & Jarrett DePasqaule // Executive Produced by Mike Sickels
2014 Wisconsin Film Festival // 2014 New Orleans Film Festival // 2015 Beloit International Film Festival // 2015 Eastern Oregon Film Festival // 2015 Western Kentucky Film Festival // 2015 Kinoscope Film Series (The New School)
Synopsis: Ben Hardin (Robert Longstreet), a middle-aged scholar, returns home to care for his ill mother during his scheduled writing sabbatical. While home, faced with the remnants of a life he left behind, Ben's relationships with estranged friends and family -- his mother, his brother, his ex-lover, and his old friend -- are tested.
"The honed-in, supremely focused attitude that it emits is reminiscent of master craftsmen such as Ingmar Bergman or Robert Bresson . . . . SABBATICAL stands tall as an outlier of the micro-budget scene." - Christopher Bell, IndieWIRE
"Masterfully economic in both narrative and framing. As auspicious and acutely realized as any Bresson film. . . . One of the three best undistributed films of 2014." - Peter Labuza, RogerEbert.com
"A film of stylistic poise, honest performance, and astonishing control. . . . SABBATICAL also has one of the most astounding final shots you will see this year." - Jake Smith, Madison Film Forum