New Jerusalem

Special Dreamland Screening
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 / All Day / Dreamland Film Center
New Jerusalem


Saturday, January 19 @ 4, 7 & 9 PM


Sean, an Irish immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends IKE, (Will Oldham,in his first leading roll since Old Joy) a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure the fragile Seanʼs salvation. A meditation on mutual need and frailty, New Jerusalem explores the allure and limitations of modern utopian belief.

Featuring: Will Oldham and Colm O’Leary

Directed, Photographed and edited by Rick Alverson
Written by R. Alverson and Colm O’Leary
Produced by R. Alverson and Courtney Bowles
Executive producers Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, Ben Swanson Jonathan Cargill
In association with Jagjaguwar
A Factory 25 Presentation

Festivals: SXSW, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sarasota Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival


“An intense study. Quiet and Sad.”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A rare film. Finely balanced.”
-John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter 

“There’s beauty to be found in the film’s sheen of placid grime.”
-Sherilyn Connolly, The Village Voice 

“Oldham creates a haunting portrait.”
-Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times 

“A hypnotic experience, one thatʼll bury itself in the brain and refuse to leave.”
-Christopher Bell, The Playlist

“Focused and seriously relevant and insightful.”
-Mike Ryan, Hammer to Nail

“A delicately observed film about relationships and vulnerability…impressively performed by Colm OʼLeary and Will Oldham.”
-Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“Alverson has proven that he is greater than the sum of his influences.”
-Ryan Patrick Mooney, Tiny Mix Tapes