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Canadian Premiere

  • USA 2008
  • 19 min
  • HD
  • English
WINNER: Best Actor/Best Short/ Fujifilm Award, ShockerFest 2008

WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Boston Underground Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Jury Prize for Best Student Film, Honolulu International Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Special Recognition, Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Craft Award for Acting, Sound Design, First Run Festival 2009

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Director: Richard Bates Jr
Screenplay: Richard Bates Jr
Cast: Tessa Ferrer, Karen Tiegren, Paul Fahrenkopf, Carly Hobson
Producers: Topper Anton, Gaby Perez

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World Premiere
Usa/ England
2009 | 90 min
English language


An alienated teenager, obsessed with all things medical, is distraught over thoughts of her cystic fibrosis suffering sister eventually being in need of a lung transplant. She prepares to put the vast amounts of book-knowledge she's amassed over the years to good, practical use, seeking out to save her sister and prove her worth to her family in a single, selfless action.

An extraordinary film that lives somewhere in the median between Todd Solondz and David Cronenberg, EXCISION is a staggering debut from young writer/director Richard Bates Jr, who juggles painful truths, raw emotion and morbid wit with an agility that few filmmakers ever attain. Couple that talent with an astounding lead performance by relative newcomer Tessa Ferrer, who, if any justice remains in the independent film world, will soon become an indie household name, and you've got one of the best films of the year, of any genre or length. A haunting glance into the darkest shadows of suburban youth oblivion.

—Mitch Davis

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