Directed by Jack Bryan
When TEDDY (Fran Kranz) awakes after a drunken rage to discover his wife, MOLLY (Jocelin Donahue), has been badly beaten, it galvanizes younger brother, GORDON (Kenny Wormald), to avenge his brother-in-law to the fullest extent. Enter: HOWARD (Chris Mulkey), the hit man hired to get the job done.
Set in a small town, the relationship between Teddy and Molly is often projected by its close-knit community, including a waitress, SALLY (Sonja Mauro), at the local watering hole. Such social claustrophobia only exacerbates what is already a high-stakes situation within the immediate family.
THE LIVING, produced by Bryan’s New York-based production company, Shooting Films, has gone on to generate significant press and two wins: Tallgrass Festival’s Stubbornly Independent Award, 2014, and Best Dramatic Feature at Manhattan Film Festival, 2014, while its director, Jack Bryan, solidifies his reputation a promising newcomer with a noirish, old-school sensibility reminiscent New York’s golden era.