Cold Weather

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Cold Weather
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Directed byAaron Katz
Produced byBrendan McFadden
Ben Stambler
Jay Van Hoy
Lars Knudsen
Written byAaron Katz
Story byAaron Katz
Brendan McFadden
Ben Stambler
StarringCris Lankenau
Trieste Kelly Dunn
Raúl Castillo
Robyn Rikoon
Music byKeegan DeWitt
CinematographyAndrew Reed
Edited byAaron Katz
Distributed byIFC Films Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • March 13, 2010 (2010-03-13) (SXSW)
  • February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Box office$141,358[1]

Cold Weather is a 2010 American mystery film written by Aaron Katz, Ben Stambler, and Brendan McFadden and directed by Katz with Stambler and McFadden producing. The film stars Cris Lankenau as a former forensic science student investigating the mysterious disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. The film was shot and set in Portland, Oregon, which was also the setting of Katz's debut feature, Dance Party USA.

Cold Weather premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2010 and was released in the United States by IFC Films on February 4, 2011.


In Portland, Doug (Cris Lankenau) is moving in with his sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn). Doug has recently moved from Chicago, where he was studying forensic science and lived with now ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon). After getting a job at an ice factory, he befriends Carlos (Raúl Castillo), a co-worker who also DJs on the side. Rachel arrives in Portland to train at the home office of the Chicago law firm where she is employed, but she suddenly disappears, leaving a trail of clues. Doug, Gail and Carlos begin investigating her whereabouts.

They find Rachel, who tells Doug that she is actually working for people apparently involved in online prostitution or pornography, who told her to deliver a locked briefcase full of money to Portland. The man who sent her followed her from Chicago and stole the briefcase before she could deliver it, and now she is afraid and unsure what to do. Doug and Gail find that man, steal the briefcase back from him, and drive to the empty roof of a downtown parking garage. They listen to an old mixtape while waiting for Carlos and Rachel to join them.


Cold Weather was shot on location in Portland, Oregon, using the Red One camera. Additional scenes were shot at Cannon Beach and The Dalles, Oregon.[2]


At review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 77% approval rating based on reviews from 61 critics.[3] At Metacritic it has a score of 64 based on reviews from 21 critics[4]

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote, "With no grand speeches or oversized gestures, Mr. Katz creates a specific world that gracefully enlarges with universal meaning."[5] Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times wrote, "Cold Weather is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice. It's a thriller involving the personalities of its characters, who we get to know surprisingly well. It remains low-key even during its final big chase scene, which only involves one car. The acting is so good, you may not notice it. Although the characters stumble over the plot at least 40 minutes into the film, it's as ingenious as a high-tech Friday night special." He also praised the performances of Lankenau and Castillo. [6] The film received Two Thumbs Up from Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Ebert presents At the Movies; it was the only film reviewed that week to receive the rating.[7]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Cold Weather becomes the world's first mumblecore 'thriller' – a good idea for a movie that someone, in the future, should execute a bit less lackadaisically."[8]


  1. ^ "Cold Weather (2011) - Box Office Mojo".
  2. ^ Cold Weather: Filming Locations. IMDb.
  3. ^ "Cold Weather". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  4. ^ "Cold Weather" – via
  5. ^ Dargis, Manohla. Between the Lines of Daily Living, Connecting the Dots That Matter. The New York Times
  6. ^ Ebert, R. Cold Weather. The Chicago Sun Times.
  7. ^ Cold Weather. Ebert presents At the Movies.
  8. ^ Gleiberman, Owen. Cold Weather. Entertainment Weekly.

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