"The Vast of Night"
Director Andrew Patterson takes us on a journey not only of sight and sound but of mind with his Texas-shot, 1950s-set sci-fi drama The Vast of Night. Patterson’s Twilight Zone-informed morality play, which draws from 1950s paranoia and racism, takes place over the course of a single night in a small New Mexico town experiencing unexplained sightings in the sky. Local DJ Everett and switchboard operator Fay join forces to investigate the strange noises they hear during Everett’s evening broadcast. Then they receive a phone call from a man who claims he was involved in a government and military conspiracy to conceal a dark truth from the world. Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick star as Everett and Fay, respectively. James Montague and Craig W. Sanger wrote The Vast of Night, which marks the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. Patterson frames The Vast of Night as an episode of a television anthology show called Paradox Theatre and employs period-specific audio technology, long tracking shots, and extended periods of dialogue to heighten the mystery surrounding the town of Cayuga. The Vast of Night, which premiered locally during last year’s Fantastic Fest, is now available to stream at Amazon Prime Video. The Vast of Night director Andrew Patterson spoke with members of the media during last year’s Fantastic Fest.
Aired: May 28, 2020