Low Down
U.S. Dramatic


2013, 119 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic

Told through the wise eyes of his young daughter, Amy, Low Down chronicles the torrid, true life of jazz pianist Joe Albany. Born into her beloved father’s unorthodox segment of society, Amy’s improvisational adolescence evolves in the shadow of Joe’s struggle between his musical genius and a suffocating heroin addiction. As young Amy sifts through the demimonde of artists, musicians, and vagabonds who permeate her apartment building, she attempts to cling to the deep-rooted love she shares with her deteriorating father. As she emerges into adulthood, she is forced to define her own identity, separate from her father’s troubles.

Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, Jeff Preiss’s deeply melodic film weaves effortlessly through time, transporting us through Amy and Joe’s journey with graceful confidence. But the bedrock of this film is the remarkable performances from Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, whose tender portrayals of Amy and Joe draw the audience into the powerful and unique love between a father and his daughter.

Director: Jeff Preiss

Screenwriters: Amy-Jo Albany, Topper Lilien

Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg

Executive Producers: Amy-Jo Albany, Burton Ritchie, Win McCormack, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Daniel-Konrad Cooper

Line Producer: Chris Stinson

Cinematographer: Christopher Blauvelt

Music: Ohad Talmor

Editor: Michael Saia

Principal Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Flea

About the Director

Jeff Preiss is a New York filmmaker who emerged in the 1980s through his involvement with experimental cinema. He was codirector of the pioneering Lower East Side venue Films Charas. In 1987, he shot a series of short films and two feature documentaries, Broken Noses and Let's Get Lost, for Bruce Weber. Let’s Get Lost won the Venice Film Festival Cinecritica Award and received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. Both films screened at the Sundance Film Festival. His 2012 experimental feature film, STOP, was a selection of the New York Film Festival.


1/19/2014 12:15 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/20/2014 6:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/22/2014 5:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 12:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 3:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/26/2014 6:00 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City