Jumping around the indie scene (frequently labeled as a leader in the mumble-core movement), writer/director Aaron Katz is prepping his latest feature for a small theatrical release. I checked out a screener of his low-key noir Cold Weather last night and it is a quite remarkable. The cinematography is gorgeous and the natural performances in this mystery are refreshing. Apple has premiered the trailer and I encourage you to check out the film when it opens this weekend. Starring Chris Lankenau, Raul Castillo, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Barry Seltzer, you can see it below.

Synopsis: After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, a self-styled Sherlock Holmes, Doug (Cris Lankenau), returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn). He lands a dead-end job working in an ice factory, but soon finds an opportunity to use his passion and skill in detective work when his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) goes missing. Enlisting a team of ramshackle slacker-sleuths, Doug leads his team down a complex trail of clues and increasingly close to the discovering the mysterious truth about Rachel. COLD WEATHER is a charming mystery — simultaneously a rich detective story and an affecting tale of siblings uniting after years apart. With it’s own idiosyncratic spin on familiar genre conventions, the film features the lyrical style, lush camera work and naturalistic performances that have established director Aaron Katz (DANCE PARTY USA, QUIET CITY) as a major talent to watch. COLD WEATHER premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW, San Francisco and Los Angeles Film Festivals.

Cold Weather opens to limited theaters on February 4th, 2011.

What do you think of the trailer?

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