Sean, a retired literature professor and civic activist, writes a letter to his estranged son, Tennessee, a ranch hand. Tennessee is uncertain how to respond, but knowing he should see his aging father, he decides to go home. Tennessee arrives just as Nina, Sean’s personal trainer fresh off a bad breakup, accepts Sean’s offer to move in and help him write his memoirs. The tension between father and son is ever-present. As Sean and Nina work, Tennessee avoids his overbearing father with fix-up projects around the house. One evening after Nina has gone out, Sean and Tennessee find themselves alone in the house for the first time. Anchored by a terrific performance by Max Gail, The Frontier is a moving story of family, communication, love and renewal. Director Matt Rabinowitz joins us for a freewheeling conversation about acting, directing, Kickstarter and carpooling with Max Gail.
“An intimate family drama that subtly and delightfully subverts expectations… Refreshing and astute.” — Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
“TENSE.” — Michael Nordine, The Village Voice
“REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES… it tackles big issues through small moments.” — Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
“The Frontier, directed by Matt Rabinowitz, embodies the mood, atmosphere and longing found in the best of the western… One of those films we watch on the edge of our seat.” — John Fink, The Film Stage
“A solid debut… a touching father and son story. Veteran actor Max Gail delivers a strong performance in what is amazingly his first leading role in 30 years.” — Will Oliver, Monday Morning Matinee