Static (1986 film)

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Static DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byMark Romanek
Produced byAmy Ness
Written byKeith Gordon
Mark Romanek
StarringKeith Gordon
Amanda Plummer
Bob Gunton
CinematographyJeff Jur
Edited byEmily Paine
NFI Productions
Release date
  • September 10, 1986 (1986-09-10)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million[1]

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, Arizona.

The film was written by the film's star Keith Gordon and director Mark Romanek,[2] 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.[3]


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

Award nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ "#15 Mark Romanek. Yes, that Mark Romanek. by Good. - SoundCloud". Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Yum-Yum (2010-04-16). "House of Self-Indulgence: Static (Mark Romanek, 1986)". Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  3. ^ Adams, Sam (2010-09-30). "Mark Romanek | Film | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-07-31.

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