The Myth of the American Sleepover

David Robert Mitchell, USA 2010, 97’

In his first feature that premiered in Cannes, David Robert Mitchell (It Follows, Under the Silver Lake) tells a coming-of-age and self-discovery story through a motif iconic for the American culture, a sleepover. Four Detroit teenagers experience a wild night may offer them a taste of real life.

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  • SXSW FF 2010 – Special Jury Award
  • Deauville American FF 2010 – Jury Prize

David Robert Mitchell

Born in 1974, David Robert Mitchell is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter who gained international recognition with his film It Follows. Inspired by the work of John Carpenter, the film was part of the new wave of American horror, which includes The LegacyGet Out! and A Quiet PlaceIt Follows premiered at the Cannes Festival, just like Under the Silver Lake, which was part of the competition at Cannes.

Selected filmography

2010 Legendarne amerykańskie pidżama party / The Myth of American Sleepover

2014 Coś za mną chodzi / It Follows

2018 Tajemnice Silver Lake / Under the Silver Lake

Cast & Crew

director David Robert Mitchell
screenplay David Robert Mitchell
cinematography James Laxton
editing Julio C. Perez IV
music Kyle Newsmaster, William Ryan Fritch
cast Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen, Nikita Ramsey, Jade Ramsey, Annette DeNoyer, Wyatt McCallum, Mary Wardell, Doug Diedrich, Dane Jones, Shayla Curran
producer Adele Romanski
production Roman Spring Pictures
sales Visit Films
language English
coloration colour
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