Festivals - Fantasia 2020 : Minor Premise, World Premiere

By Mulder, 12 august 2020

NYC filmmaker Eric Schultz’s striking feature debut, after having co-produced such acclaimed works as James White, Katies Says goodbye et The Strange ones is a brilliantly constructed science-fiction drama that resonates with particular poignancy in our quasi-quarantined times. Minor Premises’s pacing is both vibrant and dynamic, stylistically dancing through the inner workings of an individual in a way that is insightful, exciting and exhilarating. Schultz weaves a web of self-discovery with his characters revealing sincere and unvarnished portrait of a young man. Sathya Sridharan’s acting prowess as Ethan makes this film a force to be reckoned with. He is dazzling, demonstrating his range and giving a unique twist to the sci-fi leading man. Unlock the puzzle that is Minor Premise and confront a plethora of fascinating questions of self and psyche.

Synopsis :
Attempting to surpass his father's legacy and pressured by an old colleague (Dana Ashbrook of Twin Peaks), a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own risky experiment. Ethan (Sathya Sridharan) has now locked himself in his home with his ex-girlfriend Allie (Paton Ashbrook) and the two navigate trauma, ambition, and missteps of the past. Diving headfirst into the uncharted equations of the brain, they realize that there is more at stake than just their relationship or Ethan’s reputation. With time quickly running out, he is forced to face off against the darker sides of himself while frantically attempting to solve an enigma that lies within his subconscious.

Minor Premise
Directed by Eric Schultz
Produced by Justin Moretto, Ross O'Connor, Eric Schultz, Nicolai Schwarzkopf, Thomas Torrey
Written by Justin Moretto, Eric Schultz, Thomas Torrey
Starring Dana Ashbrook, Paton Ashbrook, Sathya Sridharan
Music by Gavin Brivik
Cinematography : Justin Derry
Edited by James Codoyannis, Christopher Radcliff
Release date : August 20 2020 (Canada)
Running time : 94mns

(Source : Fantasia 2020 official website)