Cold Weather walks a fine and satisfying line between lo-fi comedy and detective fiction, while never quite giving in to either. Doug, an aimless former student of forensic science and aficionado of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, moves from Chicago back home to Portland, Oregon, eager to simplify his life with board games, semi-meaningful discussions and a new vocation stacking bags of party ice. Just when everything seems perfectly quiet and pointless, a mystery shakes him from his slumber. But are the signs he’s reading really evidence of foul play? Writer/director Aaron Katz’s coy and funny thriller keeps audiences guessing, while sharpening his singular cinematic style. Indeed, despite association by some with the low-budget aesthetics of “mumblecore,” Katz’s films also have stood apart in their crispness, engaging performances, expert photography and inventive sound designs. Cris Lankenau’s slacker sleuth is especially charming, evincing more Bill Murray than Basil Rathbone. The story’s humble setting, meanwhile, effortlessly mobilizes Katz’s considerable wit and imagination. Katz is a seasoned, crafty filmmaker dedicated to doing more with less, and this film, like his others, will serve as a beacon and muse to indie filmmakers everywhere. —Sean Uyehara
Aaron Katz was born in Portland, OR and studied film at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating, he and two friends drove a ’63 Chevy Nova to Portland to make his first feature, Dance Party, USA. His second feature, Quiet City, premiered at SXSW 2007 and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Currently Aaron lives in Pittsburgh. –SXSW
A slacker mystery about finding identity. Very natural performances create real, likable people rather than the usual movie caricatures. The mystery evolves mostly credibly with appropriate tension and danger but the ending doesn't quite deliver a satisfying conclusion; close, but not quite.
Moving Image Source’s “Moments of 2011,” Reverse Shot‘s top ten, the NYT’s awards season package and, of course, more.
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