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The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

In this timely and disquieting drama punctuated with flashes of squirm-inducing comedy, a young man slowly spirals out of control when he realizes he’s the only black person attending a weekend birthday party in a secluded cabin.

“2018’s answer to Get Out.  A devilish roller coaster ride.  It’s funny, disturbing, cringe-worthy, nerve-wracking and, for some, will feel a little too realistic.” – Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair

Tyler (Jason Mitchel, Straight Outta Compton; Mudbound) joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s supposedly festive situation begins to feel like a nightmare. Co-starring Christopher Abbot (Girls), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Tyrel, the latest film from acclaimed director Sebastián Silva (The Maid; Nasty Baby), is a button-pushing, conversation-starting comedy/drama exploring race and otherness in today’s America. (Dir. by Sebastián Silva, 2018, USA, 86 mins., Not Rated).  Other festivals: Seattle; Sundance | Tucson Premiere

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