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Dante's Inferno



United States, 2006, 720p HiDef to Disk - Color - 77

DIRECTED BY:
Sean Meredith

CAST:
Dermot Mulroney, James Cromwell

SCREENPLAY:
Paul Zaloom, Sean Meredith, and Sandow Birk

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Michael Negrin, A.S.C.

EDITING:
Sean Meredith

SET DESIGN:
Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet

MUSIC:
Mark McAdam

PRODUCER:
Sean Meredith, Paul Zaloom, and Sandow Birk

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Over the past 700 years, Dante’s Inferno has been the subject of study, doctoral theses, art, and, yes, even film. But it has never before been interpreted with exquisitely hand-drawn paper puppets, brought to life using purely hand-made special effects. Until now. Rediscover this literary classic, retold in a kind of apocalyptic graphic novel meets Victoria-era toy theater. Dante’s Hell is brought to lurid 3-dimensional, high-definition life in a darkly comedic travelogue of the underworld — set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls, and the U.S. Capital. And populated with a contemporary cast of reprobates, including famous — and infamous — politicians, presidents, popes, pimps. And the Prince of Darkness himself.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

BIO: Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Sean Meredith studied film at Emerson College. His senior film Minor Cruelty won the school’s Evvy Award for Best 16mm Film. After juggling filmmaking, editing, and moonlighting as a vintage dishware expert, he has finished directing his first feature film, Dante’s Inferno. He has been making short films for fifteen years. His films have won numerous awards and have been shown across the U.S. and in Europe. He has edited broadcast documentaries, a feature documentary about early L.A. punk rock. In 2004 he directed and produced the pilot of Uncle Freaky’s Creep Show for FangoriaTV. He directed and produced the 2003 film In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias. After premiering at Slamdance in 2003, the California Civil War mockumentary went on to play at twenty film festivals. It was released on DVD in 2004 and had it’s broadcast premiere in 2005.

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