A newcomer in the current panorama of fantasy films, Andrew Patterson manages to position himself as one of the directors to follow closely thanks to this inventive debut feature. The film is the evident heir of the sci-fi genre from a television tradition that dates back to The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a series to which Patterson pays tribute by making The Vast of Night as if it were the episode of Paradox Theater, a fiction series that follows the canon of the aforementioned sci-fi television program created by Rod Serling.
In this film, we travel to the town of Cayuga where we follow Fay and Everett (played by Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz) through an odyssey that takes place over the course of one night. Despite its micro-budget and minimalism, The Vast of Night represents an ideal example of indie sci-fi. Viewers are thrown into a cosmic spiral of events, presented with an almost theatrical aspect reminiscent of Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004), James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence (2013) or Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice (2011). Like these movies, The Vast of Night proves that a blockbuster’ budget is not necessary to produce a great sci-fi film.
2019: Slamdance Film Festival – Audience Award
2019: Independent Spirit Awards- Nominated for Best First Screenplay
Runtime: 9 min
Direction: Andrew Patterson
Screenplay: James Montague, Craig W. Sanger
Cinematography: Miguel Littin
OST: Erick Alexander, Jared Bulmer
Cast: Sierra McCormick, Mollie Milligan, Jake Horowitz