The trailer for Still Here, the debut film by director Vlad Feier knows what is truly terrifying in this world. It’s not guys in hockey masks or giant man-eating spiders, it’s someone you love disappearing and being completely unable to help them find their way back. I’ll tell you, when I became a dad I thought I would feel different, more adult, I didn’t…but I can tell you one thing I did feel immediately and that is the creeping dread that’s always in my periphery knowing that there are terrible things in this world I have to protect this little thing from. Still Here tells the story of a journalist, played by Johnny Whitworth (who does NOT look 25 years removed from his role in Empire Records), in NYC who decides to help a family who’s daughter has gone missing. From the surface this feels a lot like any other movie of it’s kind, think Gone Baby Gone. If you dig a little deeper though you see what makes it different, it’s not a corrupt community and/or police force, but rather a community and police force that just doesn’t care. I’m not sure why but, in this case, apathy seems worse then malice. It’s not all down notes though, Zazie Beetz plays a character named Keysha and if you ask me seeing her name on a cast list always brings sunshine to a dark day.
Still Here is available on VOD and DIgital August 28th, 2020
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