Inspired by the 70s films of Wim Wenders, the 80s works of Jim Jarmusch and the Hollywood classics Sullivan’s Travels and The Wizard of Oz, Fugitive Dreams follows two desperate outsiders on a search for home.
Mary, a homeless drifter, is filled with anger and deep depression. When another drifter, John, inadvertently thwarts her suicide attempt, the two set out on a journey across the American Midwest. John brings a certain innocence to their relationship, Mary, a hardened practicality. Mary’s destination is “anywhere but here.” John’s is a place that only exists in his imagination. Along the way they meet a series of figures — ghosts of the road, voices of other cast-outs — deemed disposable by culture. These encounters challenge and torment John and Mary as they journey through a landscape that offers little solace for those living the most precarious of lives. The final leg of their wanderings brings them to the place of John’s dreams where the gray of the real world melts into color and the troubles of their afflictions dissolve away. Over the course of their story, John and Mary come to understand that the home they seek is not a particular place within this country. As they discover in the end, their home is one another.
Adapted from the stage play Fugitive Pieces by Caridad Svich. “Arresting… violently poetic.” – Austin American-Statesman
Principal Production Team
Director – Jason Neulander
Writers – Jason Neulander & Caridad Svich
Producers – Michelle Faires, Jennifer Kuczaj, Jason Neulander, George Sledge
Cinematographer – Peter Simonite
Editor – Mike Saenz
Mary – April Matthis
John – Robbie Tann
Providence – O-Lan Jones
Israfel – Scott Shepherd
Henri Gatien – David Patrick Kelly