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     CHAPTER 27
Canada, 84 mins, Color (Violence, Adult Content, Language)

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Director/Screenwriter: J.P. Schaefer
Producers: Naomi Despres, Alexandra Milchan, Robert Salerno
Cinematographer: Tom Richmond
Editors: Andrew Hafitz, Jim Makiej
Cast: Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Molly Griffith, Ursula Abbot, Judah Friedlander


OFFICIAL SELECTION 2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

It is a date with destiny that will forever be etched on the tragic history of music. On December 8, 1980, loner Mark Chapman shot John Lennon five times outside The Dakota, the New York apartment Lennon shared with wife Yoko Ono and son Sean.

What went on in the mind of the man who felt compelled to assassinate John Lennon? Chapter 27 deftly pilots us into the dark psyche of Mark David Chapman the weekend before the December 8, 1980, shooting. Inspired by Chapman's recollections, and propelled by a haunting, tour-de-force performance from Jared Leto, the film unravels the web of literary associations and cultural signs through which Chapman processes the world as he releases his grip on reality.

Fresh from Hawaii, Chapman spends the better part of three days posing as an autograph seeker at the Dakota, Lennon's abode. As he hovers in the wintry cold, striking up oddly charged conversations with a devoted fan, Chapman's narration reveals that he is self-consciously, almost spiritually, ingesting his prophetic holy book, The Catcher in the Rye. Whipping himself into a twisted incarnation of Holden Caulfield, he adopts Holden's speech patterns, hires a prostitute, and spots phonies everywhere. In his spiral into mental collapse, he even seems to be following in Holden's footsteps. At the height of his derangement, this merging becomes so complete that he yearns to disappear into J.D. Salinger's pages. In a brilliant mimetic move, the film also converges with the book, structuring itself as a first-person stream of consciousness related from the future.

Neither celebrating nor sensationalizing, Chapter 27 explores a figure whose psychological mechanisms we can interpret but never fully penetrate, raising the question, can we ever really know another person's interior experience?

Caroline Libresco, Courtesy of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival
    --Caroline Libresco, 2007 Sundance Film Festival
J.P. Schaefer
Jarrett Schaefer graduated Cum Laude from USC's prestigious Filmic Writing Program (past alumni include Bryan Singer, John Singleton, Robert Zemmicks and John Milius). Schaefer's thesis script from the program, THE HIDDEN ALICE, about Lewis Carroll's inspiration for the children's story Alice in Wonderland, will be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Bronwen Hughes.

Mr. Schaefer has been the Senior Editor of FADE IN Magazine, an influential Los Angeles-based film magazine which was named film magazine of the year in 2004 by both The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. His poems "The Shiftless Devotees" and "October" have both been published in the Library of Congress. He currently lives in New York City.
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Director: Paul Hough

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WINNER BEST SHORT FILM LONDON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL

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