One of the great indie cinema finds in 2011 was Zack Parker’s timeline-skipping drama, Scalene, a cool little shocker that carefully dissects a storyline shared by three connected characters. The film earned its critical attention, and boasted an impressively tricky performance by long-time character actress Margo Martindale. (Read my review of Scalene here.) Now, Parker is ready with his follow-up feature, Proxy, another thriller that Parker and the Along the Tracks production team are calling “a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form.” Here’s hoping. And here’s the chilling teaser poster, which is reminiscent (sort of) of the final sequence in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Until you read the film’s plot (see below).
Here’s the scary storyline, direct from the Proxy team:
A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen, first photo below) is walking home after her latest OB appointment, when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Alexa Havins, When in Rome, second photo), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.
Hmm, maybe a little Grace, a touch of Citadel? Parker absolutely has the writing-directing chops for something that can cut both sharp and deep. And as if he needed any additional indie cred, he’s got Joe Swanberg on screen for this one.
Proxy is scheduled to hit the film festival circuit starting in Fall 2013.