Pet Names


Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 5, 2018 6:15 PM
Century Larkspur Sat, Oct 6, 2018 5:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:75 min.
Director:Carol Brandt
Producer:Carol Brandt
Suzanne Jurva
Chris James Thompson
Screenwriter:Meredith Johnston
Cinematographer:Dana Shihadah
Editor:Carol Brandt
Chris James Thompson
Cast:Meredith Johnston
Rene Cruz
Print Source:Simple DCP
Note Writer:Natalie Mulford


With a quiet, meditative sensibility, this contemplative favorite from the SXSW Film Festival follows twentysomething grad school dropout Leigh as she escapes to the woods on a camping trip, taking a break from caring for her ailing mother. With no one else to join her, her ex-beau Cam tags along with his guitar and greying pug, and together they traverse the leafy environs on a whiskey-fueled weekend. Written by and starring Meredith Johnston as Leigh, and based on her own life experience, the film’s dialogue crackles with emotional authenticity as Leigh and Cam philosophize and confront old wounds, navigating the ghosts of their pasts. Shot amidst the dusks, rivers, and cornfields of director Carol Brandt’s native Wisconsin, Pet Names tracks a strong but confused young woman's struggle for serenity while managing the pressures of complex relationships with her friends and family.

Expected Guests: Director Carol Brandt; Writer/Actor Meredith Johnston; Director of Photography Dana Shihadah; Actor Rene Cruz; Crew Harper Robison  (All Screenings)

Additional Information

A Wisconsin native, Carol Brandt studied film at the UW-Milwaukee, graduating in the spring of 2014. Brandt’s student feature, Things Found on the Ground (2013) had its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival when she was in her third year of film school. Brandt’s third feature, Dear Coward on the Moon (2017), premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival as part of the Spotlight Presentations Program.