Desert Cathedral

Travis Gutiérrez Senger, USA 2014, 80’

In this film based on a true story, real-estate agent Peter Collins, who has a beautiful wife, Annah, a daughter and a house, leaves a VHS tape at work with his statement and heads off to the desert. He parks in the middle of nowhere, hooks up the exhaust to the car’s interior and starts the car. When his suicide attempt fails, Peter tries again, meanwhile recording something akin to a confession and spiritual testimonial. Annah hires a private detective to bring Peter home, for whom the job becomes a cause for reflection on his own life. Is this a banal story about a yuppie weary of chasing the American Dream? Director Travis Gutierrez Senger mixes the plot with his own emotions. By experimenting with form, he creates an unsettling narrative about someone who wants to end his life at any cost.

Travis Gutiérrez Senger

Director and producer, graduated from the University of Washington Screen and Creative Writing Department. He has also directed numerous award-winning music videos and his short documentary, White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, received awards at the Seattle and Tribeca film festivals. Senger lives in New York.


2009 CC 2010 (short)

2010 White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug (doc. short)

2014 Pustynna katedra / Desert Cathedral

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director Travis Gutiérrez Senger
screenplay Travis Gutiérrez Senger
cinematography Michael Ragen
editing Oriana Soddu, Marc Vives
music Saunder Jurriaans, Danny Bensi
cast Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, Petra Wright
producer Travis Gutiérrez Senger, Michael J Mouncer, Chip Hourihan
production Lincoln Leopard Films
sales Lincoln Leopard Films
language English
coloration colour
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