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US DRAMATIC COMPETITION  -  IN COMPETITION TRIBECA 2017  -  THEATRICAL RELEASE JANUARY 2018  -  Rotten Tomatoes  80%

Chris Messina stars as a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Quinn Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Nadia Alexander), sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'. 

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""Sharply crafted, disquieting and thoughtful...(Blame) radiates with a specific artistic vision and declares the arrival of a brand-new cinematic storyteller into the scene."   --   Tomris Laffly, Rogerebert.com

"(A) brutally intelligent and dazzlingly visceral high school drama...(that boasts) a sharp sense of film rhythm, a mastery of mood, and clearly defined characters – the protagonist, the antagonist, and shaded in-betweens."    --   Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

"A tenacious and tender teen drama that’s rich with scandal and sex appeal yet nuanced, never losing sight of its feuding heroines’ humanity...as a writer, this infuriatingly talented 22-year-old constructed a clever parallel to the taboo romance of The Crucible to explore teen passion, and critique grown men’s responsibility in toying with this powerful force. As a director, she crafted a film that’s moody, raw, enthralling, and haunting."   --   Kristy Puchko, The Nerdist

"In “Blame,” the startlingly confident debut film by precocious 22 year-old triple threat writer/director/star Quinn Shephard, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival receives its true breakout of the year, while also serving as a brutal reminder as to why you couldn’t pay me to be a teenager again...it’s an insightful film that delivers an honest portrait of four girls trying to navigate high-school, expectations, friendships and their often times heartbreaking need to be desired and loved."    --   Ally Johnson, The Playlist

WINNER     -     BEST ACTRESS:  NADIA ALEXANDER     -     TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

"The film is sleekly shot and edited, though it's best appreciated as a vehicle for the gifted cast — most notably Alexander, a vivid performer who gives Melissa an edge of palpable fury, but also an underlying layer of wounded pride."   --   Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

TEAM

Writer/director Quinn Shephard

Cinematographer Aaron Kovalchik

Producers Laurie Shephard, Quinn Shephard

Sales Josh Braun, Submarine

Press Adam Kersh, Brigade

Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films

 

CAST

Chris Messina     -     Quinn Shephard     -     Nadia Alexander

Tate Donovan     -     Trieste Kelly Dunn     -     Marcia DeBonis

Tessa Albertson     -     Owen Campbell     -     Sarah Mezzanotte    

Luke Slattery     -     Larry Mitchell

 

SUMMARY

It’s the start of a new year at a small suburban high school — Abigail (Quinn Shephard) is an eternal outcast returning for the first time after a mysterious event the previous year. Facing constant bullying, Abigail escapes from her hostile surroundings by immersing herself in the worlds of the characters she reads about, much to the amusement of her manipulative classmate, Melissa (Nadia Alexander).

When the girls’ intriguing new drama teacher Jeremy (Chris Messina) announces Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible” as their fall show, and casts Abigail over Melissa in the starring role, Abigail’s confidence blooms — but soon her relationship with Jeremy begins to move beyond the fantasy world she’s constructed. This taboo bond strikes a nerve in Melissa, fueling a vengeful jealousy that quickly spirals out of control — and brings about a chain of events that draws even further parallels to the madness of Salem…

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