The Better Angels
New Frontier Film


2013, 94 minutes, b/w, U.S.A.

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Written and directed by A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels delves into visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincolns’ world. The stark wilderness they inhabit comes alive in stunning black-and-white cinematography, and the story follows the lyrical course of the characters, who struggle physically and emotionally. They are forced to take on new additions to the family, learning what acceptance and empathy really mean. With an elegant touch, Edwards shows the austerity of the era and reveals what shaped one of history’s most distinctive leaders.

Director: A.J. Edwards

Screenwriter: A.J. Edwards

Producers: Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito, Charley Beil

Executive Producers: Jason Krigsfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Suzanne Deal Booth, Antoine Douaihy

Co-producer: Elizabeth Lodge

Cinematographer: Matthew J. Lloyd CSC

Production Designer: Caroline Hanania

Editor: Alexander Richard Milan

Principal Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley

About the Director

Born in northern California and raised in Texas, writer and director A.J. Edwards has worked extensively with Terrence Malick—first as an editor on The New World, and then as second-unit director and editor on The Tree of Life, To The Wonder, and the forthcoming Knight of Cups. The Better Angels is Edwards’s first narrative feature film.


1/18/2014 8:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 3:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/21/2014 6:00 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC
1/22/2014 6:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 10:00 pm
Redstone Cinema 2, Park City