Oscar-nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln; Good Night and Good Luck) stars in this honest portrayal of a father and son struggling to relate after years apart. Haunted by an Appalachian culture of stoic repression, they attempt to reconcile fleeting masculinity in the wake of abandonment. Over an afternoon of firing rifles, tensions rise from subtext to forefront in one moment of violent catharsis.

Adapted from Christ Offutt's short story, "Target Practice."

  • Wade Vanover
  • Wade Vanover (adaptation)
  • Chris Offutt (story)
    Weeds, True Blood, Treme
  • Tim Estep
    Familiar Strangers; As You Like It
  • David Strathairn
    Key Cast
    Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln; Godzilla
  • Brian Lee Franklin
    Key Cast
    Amigo; The Free State of Jones
  • Alex Kent
    Director of Photography
    As You Like It
  • Shelley Illmensee
    Hair & Makeup
    Lincoln; Turn; Blue Ruin
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford, Mississippi
    February 27, 2015
    World Premiere
    Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award (David Strathairn & Brian Lee Franklin)
  • UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival
    Pikeville, Kentucky
    May 2, 2015
    Kentucky Premiere
    Best Professional Narrative
  • Film Festival of Columbus
    Columbus, Ohio
    August 20, 2015
    Ohio Premiere
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    September 18, 2015
    Tennessee Premiere
    2nd Place - Narrative Shorts
  • Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival
    Dayton, Ohio
    October 25, 2015
Director Biography - Wade Vanover

Wade Vanover is a filmmaker from Harrisonburg, VA where he studied Southern Fiction and Film Studies at James Madison University. Following graduation Vanover and friend, Alex Kent (Director of Photography), started their boutique production company, Lurid Pictures. As Lurid Pictures, Vanover has directed 19 music videos, which have been featured on NPR, Grantland, VEVO, and Pitchfork. Lurid’s work also extends into the Central Virginia non-profit and small business communities, where Vanover directed his first documentary, “Life is Super Gr8,” for PBS in 2013. “Repeater” is Vanover’s first fully-funded short fiction endeavor.

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Director Statement

I discovered Chris Offutt’s “Target Practice” while studying Creative Writing at James Madison University and immediately saw its potential as a short film. At the time, I’d only dabbled in filmmaking, focusing more on short fiction, but following graduation, I submersed myself into video production, focusing primarily on narrative promotional videos and music videos (Eternal Summers; Creepoid).

After tossing a few scripts to friend and colleague Tim Estep, who had produced various features and short films, I finally decided to try my hand at an adaptation. I felt I was growing as a scriptwriter, but was still exploring different techniques. I revisited “Target Practice” because I knew I wanted to do a relatively straightforward, true-to-form adaptation, and the short story was already near-perfect for the screen and for my aesthetic. I knew this narrative would let me explore the terseness, the strained communication, and the isolation of my Appalachian upbringing the best way I knew how, through the open lens of filmmaking.