Private Project

Palace

The family-fractured lives of a politically-riled auto-mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.

  • Andrew Paul Davis
    Director
  • Andrew Paul Davis
    Writer
  • Sarah Cougill
    Producer
  • Timothy Mark Davis
    Producer
  • Todd Bruno
    Key Cast
    “Chris”
    Maya, Hazmat, 3, Losses, Tell
  • Joe Martyn Ricke
    Key Cast
    “Chuck”
    The Fall of '69, Casa Grande
  • Emily Sweet
    Key Cast
    “Alexa”
    If By 40, Angels of Mercy
  • Benjamin Byron Bethel
    Key Cast
    “Ben”
    The Fall of '69, The Spring of '49
  • Sara Bailey
    Key Cast
    “Kelly”
  • Morgan Morton
    Key Cast
    “Emily”
    Two People
  • Ryan Maloney
    Key Cast
    “Tom”
    Afterlife, Last Kiss
  • Suzanne Sadler
    Key Cast
    “Jan”
    Careful Not To Cry, Is That You
  • Andrew Paul Davis
    Key Cast
    “Ryan”
    The Summer of '59, Maya
  • Miki Mathioudakis
    Key Cast
    “Darlene”
  • Chase Crawford
    Key Cast
    “Joe”
    Goat, Boy Band
  • Film Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Heartland International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    October 12, 2018
    World Premiere
    Indiana Spotlight
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
    Winston-Salem, NC
    United States
    April 4, 2019
    North Carolina Premiere
  • Veritas Film Festival
    Philipsburg, PA
    United States
    November 10, 2018
    Cinema Veritas Award (Combined Jury/Audience)
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    United States
    January 26, 2019
    Louisiana Premiere
    Special Jury: Emerging Filmmaker
  • Florida Premiere
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    December 20, 2018
    Southeastern Premiere
  • Ohio Premiere
    Cincinnati, OH
    United States
    December 27, 2018
    Ohio Premiere
Director Biography - Andrew Paul Davis

Andrew is a filmmaker from Fort Lauderdale, FL currently residing in Bloomington, IN.

Andrew has created over twenty short films since 2011 and holds a BA in Film & Media Production with minors in Theatre Arts & Creative Writing (Taylor University '18). He is a full-time filmmaker, splitting time between the narrative ventures of One County Film Company and his video production business, Stone Circle Media.

His debut feature-length film "Palace" is currently on the festival circuit, with his sophomore feature "Pompano Boy" in pre-production.

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Director Statement

"Palace" is a result of my time attending a Christian college in rural Indiana. I observed how culturally distinct the small town residents were from the (typically more privileged) college students. Being one of few students to live off campus in the small town of Upland, I would notice two kinds of cars drift through Joyce Ave: Shiny SUVs with campus parking stickers or aging cars with a hand dangling a cigarette out the window.

Rural Indiana is this odd place where real estate is cheap, minorities are isolated, nutrition is gentrified, and colleges are everywhere. It's also a place of spectacular beauty. There are pockets of encouraging growth in Grant County. There are good people fighting for their communities to live full lives. Indiana also has some of the best sunsets in the world—a miraculous amber glaze encouraging the grain, corn, hay, and soybeans fulfill their daily dance. But the grey winters are long and merciless. And basketball. People who love basketball.

In its most general sense, "Palace" treads the well-covered thematic terrain of "every stranger has a story." It's interlocking ensemble points to the sacredness of the every day and every person. It allows its main characters to narratively indulge, but shifts the paradigm of subjectivity without warning. It is at times abrasive and ugly. I hope it's sometimes humorous too.

The vastness of America offers a unique opportunity for families to divorce themselves from one another and explore the greener grasses of the coasts or urban areas, so I also sought to portray relationship carried out through phone calls (or lack thereof).

I wrote "Palace" the summer before my senior year, and independently shot it during my last semester of college. This project is irrevocably tied to the perspective of someone on the border between campus and town, observing the paradoxical behavior of myself and my county.