By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The movie about the dark side of dreams is coming next month.
IFC Midnight has released the preview for COME TRUE, which won many positive reviews (including ours) during its festival play, and arrives in theaters and on VOD March 12. Written and directed by Anthony Scott Burns (OUR HOUSE, HOLIDAYS), it stars Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski and Christopher Heatherington, with an electronic score by Electric Youth and Burns (as Pilotpriest). The synopsis: “High school student Sarah [Stone] is at her lowest point yet when she runs away from home and finds herself with no one to rely on and struggling with recurring nightmares. She chances upon a university sleep study that offers the promise of safety and money and brings her an unexpected friend and confidant in the overseeing scientist Jeremy [Liboiron]. But there’s something curious about the proceedings and being under observation seems to make Sarah’s disturbing dreams even worse. As the darkness begins to close in, it’s soon clear that Sarah has unknowingly become the conduit to a horrifying new discovery…”
“I’d been fascinated with this concept of sleep paralysis since I first experienced it in my youth,” says Burns. “When people are in this state, they often seem to see the exact same thing: dark shadows with eyes watching over them. Science obviously declares this a mass hallucination, but you have to wonder… Why do people see the same thing? Inspired by the work of Nicolas Roeg, William Friedkin, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg, as well as sleep studies conducted by Berkeley University, COME TRUE seeks to ask, what would happen if we could see other people’s dreams? What would we see? What would we discover about ourselves? What if these shadows from our collective dreams saw us looking back at them? Artistically, the goal of the film was to create a classic genre narrative that could slowly hypnotize, that would clearly deliver a building ‘feeling’ and finish with a moment for the audience that leaves them disoriented, lost, questioning where the line between the film and their own life ends. A dream come true.”