Directed by Ted Geoghegan, the post-World War II chiller Brooklyn 45 finds five veterans participating in a séance at the home of Larry Fessenden’s colonel on Dec. 27, 1945. Fessenden wants to contact his recently deceased wife, who committed suicide after years of the U.S. military failing to act on her claim that her German-American neighbors are Nazi spies. When the séance comes to an abrupt end, Fessenden’s guests quickly realize they are not alone. Brooklyn 45 also stars Anne Ramsay, Ron E. Rains, Jeremy Holm, Ezra Buzzington, and Kristina Klebe. Brooklyn 45 screens as part of the SXSW Film & TV Festival’s Midnighters program at 10 p.m. March 12 at the Alamo South Lamar, 12 p.m. March 14 at the Alamo South Lamar, and 12 p.m. March 17 at the Alamo South Lamar. Writer/director Ted Geoghegan worked closely on his script to Brooklyn 45 with his father, former USAF Staff Sgt. Michael Edward Geoghegan, to achieve the level of authenticity he wanted for the film in regards to his depiction of and the interactions between Fessenden and the other veterans he fought with in World War II. Sadly, Geoghegan’s father passed away in 2019 soon after the completion of the script and before filming could begin. Ted Geoghegan, who started as a screenwriter before transitioning to film publicity, previously wrote and directed the 2015 SXSW horror film We Are Still Here—which also starred Larry Fessenden—and the 2017 survival thriller Mohawk.
Aired: March 7, 2023