The Big Bend – Director Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner’s compelling drama THE BIG BEND tell the story of two families, the Prices and the Talbotts, getting together for a long overdue reunion in the remote West Texas desert. Not long after the Talbotts’ arrival events quickly spiral after one of their daughters goes missing during a family hike. The crisis takes on an ominous turn with news that there is an escaped convict on the loose. Personal and marital further complicate an  already fraught  situation. THE BIG BEND mixes human frailties with one of the wildest places in America, testing the boundaries of marriage, friendship, and parenthood, while their best to survive the experience. Showcasing a terrific cast that includes Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, Erica Ash, David Sullivan, and Delilah Wagner, director and writer Brett Wagner joins us for a conversation on the daunting challenges of filming in such a remote and starkly beautiful location, getting the most from his cast while working under the constraints of a very tight shooting schedule and striking the right balance.

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About the filmmaker – Brett’s current project is the feature film THE BIG BEND, starring Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, Erica Ash, and David Sullivan. THE BIG BEND premiered at the Austin Film Festival and has won three “best feature” awards in its year-long festival run. Previously, he made a movie called CHIEF, which premiered at Sundance and was hailed by IndieWIRE as a “must-see.” His next film, called CARE, starred Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL). CARE won Best Dramatic Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Kansas City Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. Both films received Academy Award qualification as a result of their festival wins. His adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir, THE DEVIL’S TEETH, for executive producer Terrence Malick, received a Sloan Foundation Development Grant from the Tribeca Film Festival. Brett directs lots of commercials and web films, which have won dozens of industry accolades. Clients include Bristol Myers, Emblem Health,  Road Runner, MTS Mobile, McDonalds, American Savings Bank, Lexus, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Resorts, Burger King (don’t tell McDonalds) and North Carolina Lottery. His feature film, FIVE YEARS, was distributed internationally (under the release title THE HIDDEN) after a 30-festival tour that included awards for Best Feature Film at the Victoria Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Avignon. It’s been dubbed into many fun languages; check it out in Turkish! Brett grew up in Cleveland and earned an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.For more go to:



“An exceptional film” – Film Threat

“While those onscreen may not like the curveballs life throws their way, it keeps things interesting in “The Big Bend.” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

“There’s a lot to unpack in Brett Wagner’s The Big Bend. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, Wagner tosses in a grenade and blows up your expectations.” – Rebecca Murray. Showbiz Junkies