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A film by Marnie Hertzler

In a world that undulates between fact and fiction, digital and physical, a group of SoundCloud rappers lives a solitary, post-societal existence in the desert town of Crestone, Colorado. Once a religious and spiritual mecca for many, Crestone’s endless sand dunes, waterfalls, and dark caves act as a backdrop for images of tattooed bodies, cosplay wardrobes, and clouds of weed smoke. Crestone explores the often hidden aspects of collaboration and friendship as well as the human desire to persist against all odds. What does music sound like if there is no one left to repost and share it?


72 mins

United States


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Filmmaker Marnie Hertzler is expected to be present at this screening for a post-film discussion.


Directed by: Marnie Ellen Hertzler

Written by: Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Corey Hughes

Director of Photography: Corey Hughes

Edited by: Albert Birney and Marnie Ellen Hertzler

Original Music by: Animal Collective

Producers: Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo

Co-Produced by: Eliza Moley

Principal Cast: Champloo Sloppy, A.M. The A1, RyBundy, SADBOYTRAPPS, Benz Rowm, Phong Winna, Mijo Mehico, Huckleberry, Cody

About the Filmmaker

Marnie Ellen Hertzler is a video artist, animator, and filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her films and animations often explore a multi-media approach to film presentation and distribution and has utilized live performance, installation, and web design to accompany her work. Her films have screened at Locarno Film FestivalRotterdam International Film Festival, MoMA, and more. In 2018 Marnie was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Influenced by her background in both psychology and fine arts, she creates films that act as cinematic platforms for the exploration of interpersonal relationships, the technology that defines us, and the inevitable end of it all. Crestone is her first feature film and just made its World Premier at SXSW in March 2020.

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