Cairo Smith thriller to premiere at Dances with Films


Neo-Gothic psychological thriller Screwdriver, from director Cairo Smith, will have its world premiere as part of the closing night festivities of Dances With Films.

The feature film debut of the award-winning director and screenwriter Smith, the film stars AnnaClare Hicks, Charlie Farrell, Milly Sanders and Matt Munroe. Described as an eerie slow-burn in the vein of Queen of Earth, Dogtooth, and Rosemary’s Baby, Screwdriver will premiere at 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 19th at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. 

Screwdriver is the story of thirty-three-year-old Emily (Hicks), who, blindsided by divorce, leaves her adopted Nebraska behind, returning to California with nothing but a suitcase in hand.

She seeks refuge in the home of an old high school friend (Farrell) and his pharmacologist wife (Sanders). The childless couple welcomes Emily into their lives, but their hospitality soon gives way to a surreal plot of control and manipulation. As days bleed together, Emily falls into a delirious tailspin as she grapples with her faith, her sanity, and the intentions of her generous hosts.  Watch the trailer below:

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Cairo Smith

“Screwdriver is a film about power and systems of control. It’s a meditation on trust, abuse of trust, and those who enable abusers. Expanding on themes from my previous work on the stage, the film examines the nature of control and comfort in an environment where walls are everywhere and support systems are slipping away. It’s a parable, a thriller, a comedy, and a reflection on the ways we build our lives in a world growing ever more fraught,” Smith told Reel 360 News

The film is produced by Rand Vossler and Christopher Corey Smith of No Sudden Movies, LLC, Michelle Shundo, and Askari Productions. Cairo Smith co-wrote the screenplay with Mia Vicino. 

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