Experiencing Interruptions?


Danny Sullivan, Catholic deacon and seminary student, reluctantly returns to his wintry Wisconsin hometown to support a dying priest, but is quickly pressured into reconnecting with his estranged, drug dealing brother, Jake. With the help of a girl from their past, the brothers confront their shared scars from the past and redirect the course of their lives.

  • Michael M. McGuire
  • Michael M. McGuire
  • Brian M. Bell
    Gilt, Resurgent
  • Ben Fritz
    The Ethical Slut (Producer, DIrector), Electrick Children (2nd AD)
  • Michael M. McGuire
    Bitch, Summer of 8, Camino, Electrick Children, Dead Women Walking
  • Chandler Massey
    Key Cast
    Days of Our Lives (3x Emmy Winner), 16-Love, The Standoff
  • Shane Coffey
    Key Cast
    Sugar Mountain, Pretty Little Liars, Starry Eyes
  • Tracey Fairaway
    Key Cast
    A Hologram for the King, Enough Said
  • Richard Riehle
    Key Cast
    Office Space, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Tyler MacIntyre (Editor)
    Key Crew
    Tragedy Girls (Writer, Director), Patchwork (Writer, Director), General Education
  • Nicholas Piatnik (Cinematographer)
    Key Crew
    Oliver, Stoned
  • Dan Wilcox
    Music Supervisor
    Ruby Sparks, First Girl I Loved
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    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Twin Cities Film Fest
    United States
    October 22, 2017
    World Premiere
    Audience Award (Runner Up), Best Performance (Nominee)
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    January 11, 2018
  • Beloit International Film Festival
    United States
    March 1, 2018
    Best Wisconsin Feature (Winner)
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United States
    April 28, 2018
  • Sedona Film Festival
    United States
    March 1, 2018
  • Driftless Film Festival
    Mineral Point
    United States
    November 3, 2017
Director Biography - Michael M. McGuire

Michael most recently produced DEAD WOMEN WALKING, directed by Hagar Ben-Asher, a drama about women on death row (Offical Selection, Tribeca 2018). Other credits include BITCH (Sundance 2017), written/directed by Marianna Palka, starring Jason Ritter. CAMINO (Fantastic Fest, XLrator), and Rebecca Thomas's ELECTRICK CHILDREN (Berlinale, SXSW 2012).
A Wisconsin native and graduate of AFI and UW-Madison, AQUARIANS is McGuire's debut feature film as a writer and director.

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Director Statement

What makes humans unique among other living beings is not the ability to craft and use tools, nor that of making art, nor the logic and reasoning we use to shape the world around us. The most unique facet of the human condition is that we act on our emotional needs. Emotions and cultural conditioning drive our decision making, especially in the most profound choices with which we are faced, that affect not only ourselves, but those around us, and those who come after us.
In AQUARIANS, the protagonist and antagonist – two brothers – embark on different manifestations of the same journey: to acknowledge, and ideally overcome, the perceptions of guilt that steered them toward their current paths in life. Set in a rural community in the upper Midwest, AQUARIANS will depict the unique nuances of such a community, such as the presence of religion in daily life, local past times, and the way people interact in an intimate yet distant way.
It is my hope that AQUARIANS reflects its unique context in an entertaining way, and that it will resonate with men and women from all backgrounds who have been scarred by an event beyond their control and see the potential to overcome the obstacles that life presents, and those that we ourselves create.