// Presented as part of July's American Indie III Series //
Tim Sutton / 2012, SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, Munich, NYT Critics' Pick, Turin / 68'
A hot, shimmering summer. Max, a soft-spoken teenager, moves from an idyllic lakeside town to the xeric suburban landscape of Arizona, where his father lives. He passes his days engaged in tentative romances with girls his age, riding bikes, swimming, staying up til dawn drinking and not saying much. An atmosphere of impermanence hangs over him—his youth, like this summer, will soon end.
Filmed using nonprofessional actors and with an evocative score by Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake), Pavilion conjures sensations of fleeting memories, the mysteries of adolescence, the fragility of existence itself. Tim Sutton's feature debut premiered at SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, and Turin, where it won a Special Jury Prize. Pavilion is a New York Times Critics' Pick.