Cold Weather

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Cold Weather
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Directed by Aaron Katz
Produced by Brendan McFadden
Ben Stambler
Jay Van Hoy
Lars Knudsen
Written by Aaron Katz
Story by Aaron Katz
Brendan McFadden
Ben Stambler
Starring Cris Lankenau
Trieste Kelly Dunn
Raúl Castillo
Robyn Rikoon
Music by Keegan DeWitt
Cinematography Andrew Reed
Edited by Aaron Katz
Distributed by

IFC Films

Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • March 13, 2010 (2010-03-13) (SXSW)
  • February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

Cold Weather is an 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.


The film, set in Portland, opens with Doug (Cris Lankenau) 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 suddenly disappears, leaving a trail of intriguing clues. Doug, Gail and Carlos begin investigating her whereabouts.


Cold Weather was shot on location in Portland, Oregon using the Red One camera. Additional scenes were shot at Cannon Beach, Oregon and The Dalles.[1]


Cold Weather opened to very positive reviews and currently holds a 78% "fresh" rating on the film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.[2] 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."[3] 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 in the film as well. [4] 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.[5]


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