Static (film)

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Directed by Mark Romanek
Produced by Amy Ness
Written by Keith Gordon
Mark Romanek
Starring Keith Gordon
Amanda Plummer
Bob Gunton
Cinematography Jeff Jur
Edited by Emily Paine
NFI Productions
Release dates
September 10, 1986
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Static is an American comedy-drama film directed by Mark Romanek. The film stars Keith Gordon, Amanda Plummer, and Bob Gunton, and was released in 1986 by NFI Productions. It was shot in Page, Arizona and Lake Powell, Nevada.

The film was written by the film's star Keith Gordon and director Mark Romanek,[1] in his directorial debut, before he went on to direct numerous music videos for much his career. However, Romanek has since disowned the film, claiming that his subsequent film One Hour Photo (2002), as his feature film directorial debut.[2]


A quirky, out-of-of place worker (Keith Gordon) at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around him to see anything but a screenful of static, he charismatically hijacks a bus of friendly elderly people in order to get media attention for his invention.


  • Keith Gordon.....Ernie Blick
  • Amanda Plummer.....Julia Purcell
  • Bob Gunton.....Frank
  • Janice Abbott.....Sonya
  • Reathel Bean.....Fred Savins
  • Kitty Mei-Mei Chen.....Li
  • Barton Heyman.....Sherriff William Orling
  • Jane Hoffman.....Emily Southwick
  • Lily Knight.....Patty
  • Joel Krehbeil.....Deputy Tom Terrence
  • Eugene Lee.....Dale
  • Jack Murakami.....North
  • Mike Murakami.....South
  • Uma Ridenhour.....Sarah

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1986 Sundance Film Festival Nominated Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic)

Mark Romanek


  1. ^ Yum-Yum (2010-04-16). "House of Self-Indulgence: Static (Mark Romanek, 1986)". Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  2. ^ Adams, Sam (2010-09-30). "Mark Romanek | Film | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 

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