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August 15–21, 2014

Chicago Premiere


Film still: Coldwater
Best Director
Boston Film Fest
Grand Jury Prize:
Best Feature Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Las Vegas Intl
Film Fest

16 year old Brad Lunders (James C Burns) is a teenager forcefully taken from his home in the middle of the night by his parents consent, to a harsh wilderness reform facility for troubled teenagers, Camp Coldwater. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge, Colonel Reichart, prides himself on correcting delinquent behavior. Reichart's belief in military-style barracks and various punishments (solitary confinement, hosings, etc) can occasionally be brutal, even sadistic. His so-called "sergeants" are no better, many of them former resident youths who were promoted through the institute. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad's arrival, unforeseen circumstances also threaten to tear the reform facility apart...forcing Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong.

Directed by Vincent Grashaw, U.S.A., 2013, 104 mins.


  • Fri., Aug. 15 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug., 16 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 17 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 18–21 at 7 & 9 pm
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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation