If you’re looking for some original cinematic fare this weekend, be sure to check out writer/director Riley Stearn’s debut feature, the darkly comic thriller Faults. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser, Faults is currently playing in select theaters and is also available via VOD. ComingSoon.net sat down this week to chat with Stearns and his two leads (one of whom is his wife in real life) to discuss his stylish approach to his sui generis screenplay.
In the film, Claire (Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable and her logic is undeniable. A battle of wits develops between the two as they delve deeper and deeper into each other’s minds.
Also starring Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, and John Gries, Faults was produced by Snoot?s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu.