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A look at Spring and an interview with the creative team behind the film




"Spring, on its surface, is a monster movie. But beneath, we tried to build layers of humanity
with truly dark, personal moments giving way to unexpected levity. Ultimately it’s to make
you feel as though you’ve discovered something complex and inarticulable about the nature
of love, lust and relationships. “Relationship monsters” become a bit more literal, the
grotesque complemented by the beauty of the people and the places of Mediterranean Italy.
After the success of Resolution, we wanted to keep pushing storytelling boundaries to bring
something fresh and smart to genre cinema. It's the creation of a new monster mythology
that resonates with being human (like the best creatures in cinema always do), coupled with
the presentation of a relationship that makes you laugh one minute and breaks your heart
the next. 



The more you believe the characters are real, relatable, vulnerable people, the
more the scares work when you genuinely worry for the people† you’ve come to love.
We knew with Spring we had to take a great leap up in scope and budget, while keeping our
mantra of trying at all costs to show the audience something they haven’t seen before. While
character truly remains paramount, we used an alchemy of practical and digital effects to
bring to life a very special creature into a story of which we love every frame. We had
complete creative freedom in making Spring, and thus can proudly say that this is exactly
the film we always wanted to make."


DIRECTOR BIOS

Justin Benson grew up in San Diego, California and since graduating from UCLA has
written, directed, edited and worked just about every odd job across the spectrum of the film
industry. The budget for his and his directing partner Aaron Moorhead’s first feature, the
critically acclaimed horror-mystery Resolution, was raised from these gigs. Benson has
previously directed several short films and commercials, and Spring is his second feature.

Aaron S. Moorhead grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and has been making DIY indie
films since he was twelve. Since graduating from FSU Film School and moving to LA, he has
worked extensively on the visual side of filmmaking as a cinematographer, director, and VFX artist. Finding a shared work ethic, a taste for the strange or absurd, and a love for
bootstrapping indie films in co-director Justin Benson, the two of them first worked together
to create the micro-budget sleeper hit Resolution. Spring is Moorhead’s sophomore feature.


CAST BIOS
Lou Taylor Pucci (Evan)
Pucci stars in Mike Mills’ critically acclaimed Thumbsucker, for which he won the Sundance
Special Jury Award, as well as the 2013 box office success Evil Dead. He has been a
prestigious mainstay of indie film since his first role in Personal Velocity: Three Portraits won
the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Nadia Hilker (Louise)
Hilker was born and raised in Munich by parents of Tunisian and German descent.
Subsequent to her ballet dancing evolving into a modeling career, her acting career began
with several TV roles. She currently resides in Berlin.
Francesco Carnelutti (Angelo)
Carnelutti (Rome, April 8, 1936) is an Italian actor and dubber, whose films include Damiano
Damiani's thriller Goodbye & Amen (1978), Theodoros Angelopoulos' O Megalexandros
(1980), Fabio


Spring opens in theaters and on VOD on March 20th and I highly recommend you check it out. Its an effective genre bending film that is equal parts grotesque, funny and touching without ever straying too far in any direction to feel off kilter. This is a truly unique film that I personally loved and look forward to revisiting in the near future.

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