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Northern Shade

2021 (USA) - Christopher Rucinski - Addiction / Death / Debut / Drama / Family Issues / Feature / Film Noir / Friendship / Grief / Isolation / Live Action / Low Budget / Mature Theme / Mental Health / Military / Narrative Fiction / Political / PTSD / Social Issues / Suicide / Thriller / Veteran / War

Army veteran Justin McLaughlin, a recluse and functioning alcoholic, emerges from isolation to search for his estranged missing brother Charlie. Justin discovers that Charlie is training with a militia in upstate Connecticut, under the influence of their manipulative paramilitary leader Billy. Justin must regain his brother’s trust and battle wits with Billy before Charlie goes through with the militia’s drastic plan. Set in November 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, Northern Shade focuses on isolation, purpose and redemption in an age of heightened anxiety.