Small Town Murder Songs




best feature santa catalina film festival ibiza film festival best director minneapolis st paul film festival winning filmmaker
world cinema director winner of phoenix film festiva palm springs film festival official selection



"EERILY BEAUTIFUL. EVOKING THE COEN BROTHERS."
- SCREEN DAILY


"5 STARS. SLOW BURNING MASTERPIECE. THE RESULT IS FLABBERGASTING-DISARMING, AND DOWNRIGHT FRIGHTENING. SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS IS THE MUST SEE- SOON-TO-BE-CULT PHENOMENON OF THE 21ST CENTURY. SEE IT FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. YOU WON'T BE SORRY."
- FILMTHREAT

"NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK, 'SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS' IS COMPELLINGLY ACTED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. BENEATH A DECEPTIVE CALM, IT UNCOVERS A CORE OF FEAR AND LOATHING AS OMINOUS AS THE BACKWOODS WORLD OF 'WINTER'S BONE'"
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"HAUNTING... TOTALLY CAPTIVATING"
- HUFFINGTON POST

"A GEM. DEFINITELY A WINNER"
- AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

"4 STARS... SEETHING THRILLER... ECHOES THE WORKS OF THE COEN BROTHERS... STUNNING... SPECTACULAR... EERIE... CHILLING... AN EXTREMELY UNIQUE PIECE OF CINEMA."
- EXAMINER.COM


"NUMBER 3 OF THE BEST 10 FILMS OF 2011"
- EXAMINER.COM/ PHOENIX


"I REALLY LIKED THIS FILM... IT'S KIND OF LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN 'FARGO' AND 'WINTER'S BONE'. PRETTY COOL. "
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE/SFGATE


"A SLOW-BURNING FUSE OF SUSPENSE"
- WALL STREET JOURNAL

"3 STARS. STORMARE DELIVERS A TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE... BETWEEN STORMARE'S PERFORMANCE, THE VISUAL SPLENDOR AND THE ATMOSPHERIC MUSIC, IT ACHIEVES A KIND OF GRANDEUR."
- BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE

"SWEEPS YOU OFF YOUR FEET FROM THE OPENING CREDITS. A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT."
- QUITE EARTH

"A MUST-SEE FRESH TAKE ON CRIME AND REDEMPTION"
- TORONTO STAR

"BRENDAN STEACY'S CINEMATOGRAPHY, A SMALL BUT PITCH-PERFECT PERFORMANCE FROM THE WONDERFUL JACKIE BURROUGHS AND THE INIMITABLE PETER STORMARE IN ONE OF HIS STRONGEST PERFORMANCES TO DATE ALL CONSPIRE TO MAKE 'SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS' A DEVILISHLY GOOD FILM."
- INDIEWIRE

"OFTEN HYPNOTIC IN ITS INTENSITY...THE EXTERIORS ARE SPECTACULAR"
- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"ONE OF THE EASIEST FILMS TO RECOMMEND."
- THE FILM YAP

"AN EERIE, IMPECCABLY ACTED FILM THAT IS AT ONCE AN INCISIVE CHARACTER STUDY AND THE PORTRAIT OF A COMMUNITY WHOSE VALUES ARE EMBATTLED BY MODERNITY AND A GHASTLY KILLING. FEATURING WHAT MAY BECOME THOUGHT OF AS A CAREER DEFINING PERFORMANCE BY PETER STORMARE"
- FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

"'SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS: DOING JUSTICE TO THE COP MOVIE. BOLDLY SUCCINCT YET CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO TAKE ITS TIME, TORONTO WRITER - DIRECTOR ED GASS-DONNELLY INTERROGATES THE HAZARDS OF CHARACTER WITH DEVASTATING PRECISION."
- THE VILLAGE VOICE


"3 Stars"
- TIMEOUT NEW YORK

"STORMARE, WHO IS NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT"
- KANSAS CITY METROPOLIS

"PORTRAYED WITH MESMERIZING BEAUTY"
- MOVING PICTURES NETWORK

"A REFRESHINGLY HUMAN TWIST ON THE CRIME DRAMA"
- UNVEILED ARTS

"RECOMMENDED"
- DVD TALK

"AN UNCOMMONLY POWERFUL COMBINATION, THE INVESTIGATION OF THE RURAL AREA'S FIRST MURDER CASE TAKING ON THE HEFT OF A RELIGIOUS PARABLE, THANKS TO THE MUSIC, ELEGANT LENSING, AND PETER STORMARE'S FINE LEAD PERFORMANCE."
- THE ONION AV CLUB

"A BRILLIANT, TONALLY PERFECT FILM"
- MOVIE CITY NEWS

"CAPTIVATINGLY HAUNTING CRIME DRAMA"
- SUN PUBLICATIONS, THE MOVIE GUY

"A MAGNIFICENT CRIME DRAMA"
- CITY TV

"PICK OF THE WEEK. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY UNDERSTATED PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR."
- My West Texas

"PETER STORMARE TURNS IN A SUBDUED BUT OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. 'SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS' IS A FANTASTIC CHARACTER STUDY WITH SUPERB PERFORMANCES AND A CRISPLY PACED STORY"
- MIAMI NEW TIMES

"A RARE FILM. COSMOLOGICALLY PROFOUND"
- VARIETY

"SLEEPER OF THE WEEK IS SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS"
- MSN ENTERTAINMENT




Directed and Screen Play By: Ed Gass-Donnelly

Produced By: Lee Kim, Ed Gass-Donnelly

Starring: Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), Jill Hennessy ("Crossing Jordan," Wild Hogs, "Law and Order"), and Emmy nominated Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope," "Fringe")




A modern gothic tale of crime and redemption

When a young, unidentified woman is found dead by the lake - the victim of a brutal and violent crime - Walter, an aging small town police officer (Peter Stormare), is called to the scene of the town's first murder investigation in decades.

Haunted by his past, and hampered by the mistrust of the community and a state police officer overseeing the investigation, he sets out to solve the murder, complicated by his ex-lover (Jill Hennessy) and his suspicion of her current boyfriend. As he delves deeper into the crime, his newly-reformed life begins to unravel threatening his relationship with Sam (Martha Plimpton) and intertwining itself within the investigation and possibly the murder itself.



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