Strings (2011 film)

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Strings Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by Mark Dennis
Ben Foster
Produced by Mark Dennis
Ben Foster
Written by Mark Dennis
Starring Billy Harvey
Elle LaMont
Daniel Dasent
Chris Potter
Karl Anderson
Jack Lee
Music by Jermaine Stegall
Cinematography Mike Simpson
Edited by Mark Dennis
Ben Foster
Release date
  • June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10) (Breckenridge Film Festival)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Strings is a 2011 American dramatic thriller film about a musician who discovers his therapist manipulates patients into committing crimes. The film is the product of the Texas filmmaking team, Mark Dennis and Ben Foster. It was written, produced, and directed by Dennis and was produced and directed by Foster. Dennis and Foster graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Radio/TV/Film and are both musicians.[1][2] The extremely low-budget film collected major awards at film festivals across the United States in 2011 and 2012.

American film festival screenings[edit]

Still from Strings with Chris Potter and Karl Anderson.


One reviewer compared Strings to the work of Christopher Nolan, describing it as "stirring, exciting, and poignant." [13] The film received DVD distribution with House Lights Media, based in Colorado and digital distribution with The Orchard.[14]


The film collected the Best Director Award at the Long Island International Film Expo as well as Audience Awards at The Breckenridge Festival of Film and The White Sands International Film Festival and the award for Best Thriller at the Route 66 International Film Festival.[4][15]

  • Best Film at the SOHO International Film Festival [16]
  • Best Director (Mark Dennis and Ben Foster) at the Tulsa International Film Festival[17]
  • Best Director (Mark Dennis and Ben Foster) at the Long Island International Film Expo[18]
  • Audience Award at White Sands International Film Festival[12][19]
  • Audience Award at the Breckenridge Festival of Film[4]
  • Audience Award at the Silver City Film Festival [20]
  • Best Cinematography (Mike Simpson) at the Long Island International Film Expo[18]
  • Best Supporting Actor (Jack Lee) at the Long Island International Film Expo[18]
  • Best Song (The Greatest Escape, Billy Harvey) at the Breckenridge Festival of Film[21]
  • Best Ensemble Cast, San Francisco Best Actors Film Festival[21]
  • Best Thriller, Route 66 International Film Festival[15]


  1. ^ Centanni Communications (2011-06-21). "Central TX movie STRINGS is official Long Island International Film Expo selection". PRLog. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "'Strings' to Debut at Bellmore Movies on Sunday - Bellmore, NY Patch". 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  3. ^ "AFF Announces 2011 Lineup - Screens Blog". The Austin Chronicle. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  5. ^ "2011 Films | Hollywood Film Festival: Awards, Films, Indies, Hollywood -". 1936-08-18. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  7. ^ "Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  10. ^ Danny, Cohen (29 September 2012). "Independent Film, STRINGS, Screens at the Tri-State Film Festival Today". Yahoo. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
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  12. ^ a b "Welcome to the WSIFF Site". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  13. ^ Salazar, David (2011-07-10). "Reel Salazars: LIIFE Day 4 Impressions". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  17. ^ "Tulsa International Film Festival winners announced". Tulsa World. 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  18. ^ a b c "New York film festival Best Director award goes to San Antonio-Austin filmmakers". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  19. ^ "White Sands Film Festival winners announced - Las Cruces Sun-News". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  21. ^ a b "Barry Bergman Management Assisting Billy Harvey Transition". MMF US. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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