The Civil Dead
104 minutes, directed by Clay Tatum
A refreshingly alive supernatural slacker-comedy about the death of a friendship.
Clay (Clay Tatum) is a loner photographer who enjoys a mundane life with his artist wife Whitney (Whitney Weir) in Los Angeles. Whitney advises Clay, who has been creatively stagnant and unemployed for months, to go out and be productive while she’s out of town and not to “just lay in the living room and drink beer.” While taking photos out in a park, Clay happens upon his long-lost friend, Whit (Whitmer Thomas). After a night of catching up, Whit discloses an unsettling secret to Clay, which puts a strain on his marriage and causes him to question his own sanity.
Winner of the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award.