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NOISE     90 min. Thriller  

Writer: Lance Doty

Producers: Lance Doty, Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman

Director: Tony Spiridakis

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Trish Goff, David Thornton, Giancarlo Espisito

Anybody who's ever weathered the rudeness of a rowdy upstairs neighbor will respond instinctually to the art of Noise. You lie in your bed in torment as show tunes rumble through the floorboards at 4 a.m., their half-muffled sonorities the most disturbing sort of bedlam. Your indignation fights a losing battle with your fear of walking up the steps and confronting the sadist on his own turf; maybe you've done so already, and emerged petrified by the inhuman indifference you encountered there. There's nothing to do but give in to mental and physical fatigue as you thrash about in futility, wondering what could make a rational person behave so abominably… and what you'd be willing to do to make it stop.

Such is the lot of Joyce Chandler (Trish Goff), a young divorcée and recovering alcoholic who moves into a Manhattan apartment that seems a bit too secluded to be true. It is: Upstairs lives Charlotte Bancroft (Ally Sheedy), who in addition to having one of the all-time-great thriller names is a sociopath of some reliability. A wall of obliviousness who can turn even an "apology" into a guilt trip, Charlotte persists in making Joyce's nighttime hours a living hell. As the torture continues, Joyce starts to lose her grip on her job, her health and her sanity. It's a heck of a price to pay for having your own place. Sheedy's Charlotte is a splendid rendering -- an idiosyncratic yet instantly recognizable reminder that renting property means exploring the dark underbelly of the aphorism "It takes all kinds." Yet the story (adapted by Lance Doty) takes pains to give alleged victim Joyce plenty of her own demons to contribute. Factor in the sleep deprivation, and we're never sure how many of her troubles are genuinely external.


PRAISE FOR ‘NOISE’

“The specter of Polanski inevitably looms over any film whose themes involve paranoia and claustrophobia, as it does with NOISE… Collaborating with lenser Evan Estern, Spiridakis has succeeded in creating an eerie and menacing atmosphere…”
- Variety

“…A sensationally taut, alluring performance by newcomer Trish Goff as a divorced New York copyreader bedeviled by a noisy neighbor… Having some of the tense, angry beauty -- and smoky voice -- of a young Demi Moore, Goff effectively portrays her character's arrogance and insecurities, emotional coldness and sexual neediness.”
- indieWIRE

“ (A) nifty thriller with echoes of Pacific Heights and Roman Polanski's Repulsion… Sheedy is quite terrifying as Charlotte, a woman who smiles and serves tea while plotting all manner of mischief”
- The Orlando Sentinel

A compelling story… Lance Doty's script is laced with sharp, witty dialogue.
- Ain’t It Cool News

“Sheedy's Charlotte is a splendid rendering… NOISE nails the ugly truth about nightmare neighbors: The only way to really beat one is to become one”
- Orlando Weekly

“An intelligent thriller with Roman Polanski moments and a juicy performance by Ally Sheedy as a kooky, sadistic upstairs neighbor…”
- The Boston Phoenix

“Working with a taut script by Lance Doty, Tony Spiridakis has concocted a delicious cinematic treat – a suspenseful and literary thriller… Sheedy gives her best performance since High Art”
- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

“(a) Terrifying story of a mind out of control in a world barely in control… Supermodel Trish Goff is stunning and vulnerable as Joyce, and Ally Sheedy nearly steals the film as Charlotte, the disturbing and very disturbed antagonist one floor up.”
- The Florida Film Festival

“A brooding psycho-thriller… A better film than half the major studio releases I'll see this year.”
- Vail Daily News

“A delightfully dark look into the world of two apartment dwellers, one of whom is pushed over the edge by the ceaseless noise of the other… The act of vengeance drives the characters into a chaotic sequence of events ultimately culminating in a twisted, yet satisfying ending.”
- The Daily Titan

“That nightmare scenario is taken to its logical extreme in NOISE… At times, straying almost into David Lynch territory, NOISE is a fine exercise in psychology and madness.”
- Orlando City Beat


FESTIVALS

2004 SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2004 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER, BEST NARRATIVE FILMMAKING - JURY AWARD
2004 VAIL FILM FESTIVAL
2004 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
2004 BLACK POINT FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER, BEST ACTING, TRISH GOFF – JURY AWARD - WINNER, BEST NARRATIVE - AUDIENCE AWARD
2004 RIVERRUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER, BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM - JURY AWARD
2004 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2004 FILMSTOCK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Luten, UK
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2004 WOODS HOLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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2004 SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Italy
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