In 2002, Salvage Vanguard Theater founder and artistic director Jason Neulander directed a stage production of Caridad Svich's “Fugitive Pieces” at the Hyde Park Theatre. Eighteen years later, the Austin-based Neulander makes his feature film directorial debut with his and Svich’s screen adaptation of the magical realism character study, the retitled Fugitive Dreams. Shot in and around Bastrop and Cedar Park among other locations, and presented in black and white and in the 4:3 aspect ratio, the allegorical Fugitive Dreams examines the evolving relationship between two drifters traversing an American Midwest of mythic proportions. John (Robbie Tann), an addict with a history of mental health problems, becomes attached to the equally damaged Mary (April Matthis) when he accidentally stops her from committing suicide. As they travel together and separately to an unknown destination, John and Mary each confront the demons that torment them while they search for the kindness and the unconditional love that has eluded them throughout their lives. The supporting cast includes Scott Shepherd, O-Lan Jones, and David Patrick Kelly. Fugitive Dreams will stream during the 2020 virtual Austin Film Festival, which runs Oct. 22-29. Jason Neulander previously directed the short films Hit & Run and Buttercup. Neulander founded and served for 15 years as the artistic director of the Salvage Vanguard Theater. He also wrote, directed and produced The Intergalactic Nemesis stage show.
Aired: Oct. 22, 2020