The Civil Dead

Clay Tatum · 2023
104min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 10, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 11, 2023, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Mar 12, 2023, 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023, 7:30pm

A low-key buddy comedy with a supernatural twist, THE CIVIL DEAD introduces us to Clay, a loner photographer who enjoys a mundane life in Los Angeles with his artist wife Whitney. Whitney advises Clay, who has been creatively stagnant and unemployed for months, to go out and be productive while she’s out of town and not to “just lay in the living room and drink beer.” While taking photos out in a park one day, Clay happens upon his long-lost friend, Whit. After a night of catching up, Whit discloses an unsettling secret to Clay, which puts a strain on his marriage and causes him to question his own sanity.

THE CIVIL DEAD is part of our Slamdance Showcase, featuring three notable narrative features from last year's Slamdance Film Festival. Since 1995, the Slamdance Film Festival has served to spotlight emerging artists in the world of moviemaking and the Slamdance name has become synonymous with true independent spirit.

The showing on Friday, March 10th will be followed by a live virtual Q&A with director/co-writer/co-star Clay Tatum and co-writer/co-star Whitmer Thomas!

Winner of the Audience Award for narrative feature at the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival and winner of Best Screenplay at the 2022 North Bend Film Festival!

“Sweet and shaggy and kind of sad… an offbeat bromance with existentialist ambitions.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“A sweet little movie that’s surprisingly touching.” Peter Rainer, FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)