BUSTER'S MAL HEART
Sarah Adina Smith's sophomore feature is the story of Jonah, a man who has been split in two by grief — one who lives in the woods and another who is trapped at sea — with each incarnation looking for a reckoning with God. Actor Rami Malek delivers an exceptional performance, playing fractured parts of the same man and imbuing each persona with a wholly different performance. Kate Lyn Sheil and DJ Qualls round out the cast, as Jonah's sensitive wife and a drifter who contributes to Jonah's downward spiral, respectively. Director/writer Smith expertly crafts a darkly humorous and touching film that explores the nuances of the human condition with elements of conspiracy theory and quantum entanglement. BUSTER'S MAL HEART is a visceral, mind-bending mystery that will keep you pondering long after it turns your world upside down. — Jenn Murphy
Before BUSTER’S MAL HEART, Sarah Adina Smith wrote and directed THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, which won the Breakthrough Award at AFI FEST 2014. She also wrote and directed the award-winning short THE SIRENS (2009), and co-wrote and produced GOODBYE WORLD (2013).