Director: Eric Marsh, Andrew Stasiulis

USA, 2017, drama, 106 minutes, english with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Orders, a collaboration between Eric Marsh and Andrew Stasiulis, an American filmmaker with Lithuanian origins, takes place during a war, but it is not solely a war film. The film follows a nameless soldier, marching without orders and surrounded by faceless enemies, getting trapped in America’s no man’s land. Having gone AWOL from his unit, the soldier wanders desperately through unfamiliar streets from battles he can't remember. Along his odyssey without a destination, he discovers sons without fathers, preachers without sermons, and officers without a clue, all lost in terror-driven American suburbia. Orders is also an exploration of contemporary war films, looking not only into the omnipresence of the war on terror, but also into its representations in contemporary media. According to Stasiulis and Marsh, it is a conscious effort to reject the clichés of the genre and mediate the horrendous nature of war-induced chaos.

About the directors:

Orders is the debut full-length feature of Andrew Stasiulis, an American film director and writer with Lithuanian roots. Stasiulis studied at DePaul University in Chicago, USA, and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He is currently teaching at DePaul University and continues being involved in the production of independent cinema. The premiere of Orders at the Kaunas International Film Festival coincides with Stasiulis‘s first ever visit to Lithuania.

Eric Marsh is a filmmaker and lifelong Chicagoan. He received a B.A. in Digital Cinema (‘07) and MFA in Film Production (‘17) from DePaul University, where he is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Cinematic Arts. Since 2004 Eric has worked as a director, editor, and producer of short films, music videos, documentaries and various commercial projects. In 2009, he completed his first feature film, Frontwards, a microbudget road trip comedy.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Andrew Stasiulis

Dir. of Photography: Christopher Kitahara, Ryan McCarthy, Alexander Sherman, Ben Sherman

Cast: Keith D. Gallagher, Scott Morton, Elan Maier, James Sparling, Otis Fine, Michael Olavson