LaRoy, Texas – Director Shane Atkinson

This twisted tale of love and death begins and ends with Ray, an ordinary man who runs an ordinary business in the fictional town of LaRoy, Texas. He longs for his wife Stacy-Lynn’s affections, but Ray discovers that she is cheating on him and decides to end his life in a motel parking lot. Just before taking action, a stranger breaks into his car, thinking he is dealing with the killer he hired. Confused by this misunderstanding, Ray ends up accepting the mission, convinced that people will finally respect him. The plan had to be simple. But very quickly Ray finds himself caught in a spiral from which he will have to get out before it is too late… LaRoy, Texas is a complex plot involving love triangles real and fake, blackmail, counter-blackmail and manslaughter duly unfolds around inadvertent detective duo Ray and Skip, who will have to solve the mystery at the heart of their community. LaRoy, Texas is at once a film about friendships forged from fragile masculinity and a dark Western that probes the aftermath of the financial crisis in the US. Director and writer Shane Atkinson joins us for a conversation on his film’s blend of modern film noir, macabre humor, and how he assembled a terrific cast that includes John Magaro, Steve Zahn, Galadriel Stineman, Dylan Baker, and Matthew Del Negro.


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About the filmmaker – Shane Atkinson is an American writer and director based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York. His work as a director is described by his mother as “very funny” and “why are there so many dirty words?” Shane has directed many short films, including “Penny Dreadful” (Audience Award in Clermont-Ferrand, Grand Prix SNCF du Polar) or “The Ambassador” shot on the French Riviera. He also wrote the screenplay for “Poms”, starring Diane Keaton, released in May 2019.



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“With LaRoy, Texas, Atkinson proves himself a confident filmmaker and screenwriter with an ear for dialogue and skill in designing intriguing characters and situations.” – Anthony Francis, Film Threat

“Indulging in genre influences while carving its own narrative niche, this dark crime comedy infuses its Fargo-style atmospherics with sharp dialogue and compelling characters.” – Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue

“LaRoy, Texas channels the Coen brothers in a hilarious black comedy with tragic twists. John Magaro, Steve Zahn, and a terrifying Dylan Baker are superb in a film that continually surprises. LaRoy, Texas is a must-see.” – Julian Roman, MovieWeb

““LaRoy, Texas” remains as unpredictable as an overly agitated Texas rattlesnake and has just about as much bite to it.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“Atkinson’s hilarious feature debut is a barn burner of a western-thriller whose Coen Brothers-inspired nods give life to its meek protagonist.” – Robert Daniels,