Strawberry Mansion

Altered States

In 2035, James (co-director Kentucker Audley) makes an honest dollar auditing the dreams of others and assessing them back taxes for the more extravagant elements of their nighttime fantasies. Setting up shop at the rural home of elderly, free-spirited Bella (Penny Fuller), he dives into the deep end of her outdated VHS archive of dreams. Finding himself instantly enchanted by her inner world, he’s likewise enamoured with the younger Bella (Grace Glowicki) he discovers there. Intent on being with her, James embarks on a rollicking adventure in subconscious realms inhabited by seafaring rats and threatening mythical beasts.

Transforming practically every frame into a veritable diorama of candy-coloured sets, analog technology, and stop-motion creatures, directors Audley and Albert Birney have envisioned a beguilingly absurd—and absurdly beguiling—confection. As this romantic fantasy grows increasingly outlandish, it remains anchored in genuine yearning. Quick-witted and kind-hearted, it takes us by the hand and escorts us into a strange dream in which we’re only too happy to get lost together.

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Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley

Penny Fuller, Kentucker Audley, Grace Glowicki, Linas Phillips, Reed Birney
Executive Producer Alex Plapinger, Adam Kersh, James Belfer, Adam Belfer, Andrew Belfer, Elaine Thomas, Todd Remis, David Moscow, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page
Producer Sarah Winshall, Taylor Ava Shung, Emma Hannaway, Matisse Rifai
Screenwriter Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
Cinematographer Tyler Davis
Editor Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
Production Design Becca Brooks Morrin
Music Dan Deacon
Contact Music Box Films
USA 2021 91 min. Trailer
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Director – Albert Birney

Albert Birney is a Baltimore-based filmmaker. He has previously directed three feature films, The Beast Pageant (2010, co-directed with Jon Moses), Sylvio (2017, co-directed with Kentucker Audley), and Tux and Fanny (2019). Sylvio was named one of the 10 best films of 2017 by The New Yorker.

The Beast Pageant (2010); Sylvio (2017); Tux and Fanny (2019)
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Director – Kentucker Audley

Kentucker Audley is a filmmaker, film programmer, actor, and movies hat salesman. He starred in the 2015 Sundance-premiered, Christmas, Again, and can be seen in the film She Dies Tomorrow by Amy Seimetz, as well as many other indie films. Strawberry Mansion is his second collaboration with Albert Birney after 2017’s Sylvio. He also created NoBudge, an online platform showcasing short films, as well as Movies Brand, a place to buy hats that say movies on them.

Selected Filmography
Team Picture (2007); Holy Land (2010); Open Five (2010); Sylvio (2017)