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Film Spotlight: LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

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Three years ago, local filmmaker Keith Ten Eyck released the experimental horror film, A Barge and Its Wind, a dystopian movie about a government conspiracy involving a mysterious boat docked in Cleveland's harbor. The film made its local premiere in 2010 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. While it was clearly a b-movie, it transcended the genre thanks to some amazing visuals and its heady storyline. A local filmmaker who cites Andrzej Zulawski, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick as influences, Eyck drew upon those influences for the edgy movie, which he shot in Cleveland using a local crew and actors.

Eyck's latest flick, LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT, centers on, as Eyck puts it, the "relationships surrounding an elevator accident that leads to the statistics that make the International Union of Elevator Constructors one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

"My special effects guy is in the elevators union, and I didn't know anything about it," Eyck says, adding that he didn't want o make documentary. "The film is about how dangerous the job is. It's also the highest paid union there is. He wanted to make a bloody movie, but I just wanted to do a depressing and dark character study. There's a story about two brothers who committed suicide a year apart on the same day and in the same way. It's the most personal thing I've done."

The visuals are incredibly striking and Eyck says that aspect of filmmaking is his strength.

"I'm known for my cinematography and ability to capture tone," he says. "As I've blossomed and matured, I fell in love with characters and acting. Downloading Nancy, this [2008] American film, inspired me. The tone is awesome. The [2009] Danish movie Applause also inspired me. It looks really gorgeous."

LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT has its local premiere at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Market Garden Brewery. Steve Macadams, another Cleveland filmmaker, will also screen his movie QBCCLE, which will also make its local premiere. Admission is free.

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