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Charlie Says

Orizzonti

Director:
Mary Harron
Production:
Epic Level Entertainment (Dana Guerin, Cindi Rice, John Frank Rosenblum)
Running Time:
104’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Main Cast:
Matt Smith, Hannah Murray, Marianne Rendón, Sosie Bacon, Merritt Wever, Suki Waterhouse, Chace Crawford, Annabeth Gish
Screenplay:
Guinevere Turner
Cinematographer:
Crille Forsberg
Editor:
Andrew Hafitz
Production Designer:
Dins Danielsen
Costume Designer:
Elizabeth Warn
Music:
Keegan DeWitt, Sean Fernald
Sound:
Phillip Bladh
Notes:
14+

Synopsis

A look at real life American psycho Charles Manson with an examination of the infamous Manson Family murders through the eyes of graduate student Karlene Faith as she works with three young, brainwashed women who were part of the cult. Initially given the death penalty for their involvement in the crimes, during which nine people were murdered including actress Sharon Tate, their sentences were ultimately commuted to life imprisonment. The film is a procedural that will focus on Faith’s time attempting to teach the three women, and on their personal transformations as they slowly grasp the reality of their crimes.

Director’s Statement

It is comforting to see the Manson girls as monsters, as “other”, as outliers to normal human experience. In fact the most disturbing thing about them is their ordinariness. How did these perfectly sane and likable young women come to commit such hideous crimes? “Kill your ego”, Charlie says. The film takes us with Leslie Van Houten through the cult experience step by step. First she is lured into what seems an ecstatic community, then subject to brainwashing that gradually erodes her individual will and conscience.
The violence when it happens is abrupt and horrifying, almost like a dream, followed by a slow and terrible awakening years later in prison.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Epic Level Entertainment
7095 Hollywood Blvd Suite #688
90028, Hollywood (CA), United States
info@epiclevel.com
Tel. 818-752-6800

PRESS OFFICE: Richard Lormand - Film Press Plus
IntlPressIT@aol.com
Tel. +33 (0)970449865
www.FilmPressPlus.com


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