Set at the dawn of the space-race, The Vast of Night takes place over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico where a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town, and all of Earth… forever.
In this exclusive clip, the operator receives several calls about “something” in the sky. The film, which will screen in the Narrative Features section at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival on Jan. 25th, falls down the rabbit hole of “The Twilight Zone” and carefully stitches together a narrative scavenger hunt through dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call.
The press release hypes “confounding tracking camerawork throughout, rapid-fire dialogue and period-perfect jargon,” while also stating that “The Vast of Night drops viewers into a time and town hidden away from outsiders. And whose mysteries only present themselves to those curious and patient enough to hear them.”
Directed by Andrew Patterson and written by James Montague and Craig W. Sanger, The Vast of Night stars Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, and Bruce Davis.