Cold in July
U.S. Dramatic


2014, 109 minutes, color, U.S.A.

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

Director: Jim Mickle

Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici

Producers: Linda Moran, René Bastian, Marie Savare de Laitre, Adam Folk

Executive Producers: Jean-Baptiste Babin, Emilie Georges, Manuel Chiche, David Atlan-Jackson, Joël Thibout

Cinematographer: Ryan Samul

Editors: John Paul Horstmann, Jim Mickle

Composer: Jeff Grace

Production Designer: Russell Barnes

Principal Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell

About the Director

Jim Mickle returns to the Sundance Film Festival for a second year, following his 2013 critical smash We Are What We Are, which also played in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival prior to its theatrical release by Entertainment One. His previous feature, Stake Land, won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness award and was distributed by IFC Films. Mickle, an alumus of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, first earned acclaim for his 2006 debut feature, Mulberry Street.


1/18/2014 5:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/20/2014 9:15 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC
1/21/2014 3:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 11:45 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 4:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City