As one of Haunted Oaks shortest finalist, MUTE wraps up an exciting story of kidnapping and torture in little time and with little words. If you scream alone in the forest, did you ever make a sound?
The film opens to a barren, forest landscape in the dead of winter, but the muted color palette alludes to more mystery and suspense in this cold thriller. Filmmaker Kyle Greenberg speaks about his inspiration for setting the scene of this short thriller, “I grew up in the woods and spent a lot of time roaming around in silence, listening to the wind sift through empty tree branches and imagining what else might be out there. Thinking back to those days, I knew visually there was something striking to the desolation and a lack of life during the winter.”
MUTE, playing on the various meanings of its title, has the potential to also draw varying responses from its audience. Greenberg explains, “I hope everyone has their own reaction whether it’s a chuckle at the end or unease when one goes back to their empty home later in the night. Ultimately, it’s been a pleasure to see the film screen so far, often an ironic moment of silence after the credits hit, the audience groping with a fucked-up final frame.”
Want to see what the silence is all about? Catch MUTE on the big screen on Saturday, October first at The Oaks Theater! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the lights will go down at 7:30 pm.