Set in 1938-1947, Mattie (Laura Mestas) and Thomas (Michael Jason Allen) attempt to escape their abusive home from Mattie’s wealthy arranged husband and Thomas’s uncle, Floyd (Mario Guzman).
He now attempts to bring them back with intentions of murder while employing the help of anyone he can buy.
Music score performed by the Scottsdale Philharmonic Symphony.
Accolades for "The Coldest Kiss":
WON - Best Feature Film - 2015 Great Lakes Int'l Film Festival.
WON - Best Arizona Actor (Michael Jason Allen) - 2016 Jerome Int'l Film Festival.
NOMINATED - Best Director (Michael Jason Allen) at the 2015 Trail Dance Int'l Film Festival.
NOMINATED - Best Feature Film at the 2015 Trail Dance Int'l Film Festival.
NOMINATED - Best Actor (Michael Jason Allen) at the 2015 Trail Dance Int'l Film Festival.
SEMI-FINALIST - at the 2017 Los Angeles CineFest
National Film Critics Reviews:
"Is heaven only for the dead? And is hell for the living and dead?"
Michael Jason Allen wrote, directed and stars in this terrific reincarnation of the mid part of the last century. The story is solid, that cast well chosen, and the quality of the cinematography is gorgeous whether in the opening black and white portion or the rich sun-drenched color of the remainder of the film. There is something very Americana about this slice of cinematic life, and that is reason enough to see it. Remembering times, both happy and not happy, are our heritage, and when they are brought forward in a film that respects the period in which the story takes place, they give us all pause for reflection. This is a strong little Indie film that deserves attention". - Grady Harp, Critic for Barne's & Noble, IMDb, & Amazon.com
"Impressive are the night time shots in the barn, where the "present" of the story takes place (most of the tale is told in flashbacks). With minimal lighting, Allen and Edward get a clarity of focus, a use of shadow and gauzey lighting, unattainable before Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, and one that most world class studios could not have even achieved 25 years ago, with million dollar budgets.
A superb visual sequence entails a scene at a theater. It's one of the premier passages in the film- the song, Turn And Go, written by Allen, is well performed by actress Melissa Farley.
As impressive as the cinematography is, equally impressive is the period look of the film- from the architecture, to the cars, to the wardrobe. This period look to the film is simply astounding! It shows what ingenuity can provide to a work of art.
The third standout feature of the film is its soundtrack- mostly jazz and pop standards from the Great Depression and World war Two era.
In closing, I would recommend viewers and critics seeking out The Coldest Kiss. Whether Michael Jason Allen reaches the potential portended in The Coldest Kiss I cannot predict, but I hope he does, and I hope some other critics and film festivals screen his film, and others like it, so that possibly some investors back whatever his next project is, for even if he never becomes the next Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, nor even John Sayles, the first Michael Jason Allen, if fully realized, can be someone whose work is worth watching".
- Dan Schneider is an accomplished writer & film critic praised for his film critic work by Roger Ebert. His literature has been published by Cambridge Univ., Yale Univ., & New York Times.