I was so incredibly moved by Kurt Kuenne's documentary Dear Zachary: a Letter to a Son About His Father back when I saw it in a packed Slamdance screening room full of sobbing moviegoers in 2008 that I decided to champion the hell out if from that day forward. After months of writing about the film, which Kurt made in honor of his best friend Andrew, who was murdered by a woman he had been dating, I struck up a personal friendship with the director and helped out in any way I could once the documentary finally aired on television, and then later lead to changes in Canadian law. To this day pushing that film to the moviegoing public and building awareness of the crimes it documents remains one of my personal career highlights, and I'm happy to see Kurt Kuenne -- a great guy and lifelong filmmaker -- continue to follow his dream by bringing unique stories to the big screen.
Kuenne chose to follow up Dear Zachary with something completely different: a fascinating sci-fi film called Shuffle, which has been racking up awards on the festival circuit all year (most recently Best Narrative Feature at the Garden State Film Festival, and Best Picture and Best Director at the Phoenix Film Festival). Now comes news that Shuffle was just picked up for distribution by Screen Media Films, who will bring it to theaters and VOD later this summer.
Shuffle feels like a cross between Groundhog Day and Memento in that it follows a man (TJ Thyne) who has no idea why he keeps waking up at different points in his life. Using clues from each experience, he begins to piece together why this keeps happening to him and sets out to end it once and for all.
Check out the trailer for Shuffle below, along with the one for Dear Zachary, which is available through places like Netflix and Amazon for those who haven't watched it. We'll also update you when Shuffle picks an official release date. Oh, and congrats Kurt!