Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental illness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to all his troubles, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, testing the limits of his compassionate family as his inner demons begin to close in around him.
First-time writer-director Lou Howe establishes himself as new filmmaking voice of uncommon confidence and talent with this portrait of a young man at the breaking point of his psychological battle. Infused with authenticity and courage, Gabriel is a powerful debut that will resonate long after its haunting final moments.
Length: 88 minutes
Director: Lou Howe
Screenwriter: Lou Howe
Producer: Ben Howe, Luca Borghese
Editor: Jane Rizzo
Cinematographer: Wyatt Garfield
Executive Producer: Ben Howe, Luca Borghese
Composer: Patrick Higgins
Co-Producer: Allison Rose Carter
Cast: Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O'Connell, Emily Meade, Louisa Krause, Lynn Cohen, Alexia Rasmussen
Lou Howe was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013. His debut feature film, Gabriel, was awarded an Annenberg Feature Film Grant by the Sundance Institute and was one of 10 projects selected for the IFP Narrative Labs. He is a graduate of Harvard and the MFA Directing program at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.