Competition Documentary Features
Shepard & Dark
DIRECTED BY TREVA WURMFELD
USA, 2012, 88 MIN
For over 40 years, Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark have remained friends and pen pals. During the span of their friendship, Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award®-nominated actor, and Dark lived a quieter life as a homebody who floated through a series of odd jobs. When Dark married an older woman named Scarlett Jones, Shepard married Scarlett’s daughter, and the two couples lived together for over a decade. After Shepard’s marriage ended and he left their shared home to run off with Jessica Lange, it was Dark who helped raise his son. The two men are brought together over an eighteen-month period to sift through their 40-plus years of correspondence for a book project. Spending time with each other reveals the complexities of their friendship and allows each man to revisit their own regrets and life choices. Beautifully shot, SHEPARD & DARK is an intimate exploration of a male friendship as it heads into its fifth decade.
DIRECTED BY MATTHEW C. LEVY
USA, 2012, 10 MIN
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