Sandpaper is at Raindance 2019


We are delighted to announce that Sandpaper will be making its UK Premiere at the 2019 Raindance Film Festival, on September 26th at 20.15 | Vue Cinema London – Piccadilly.


And here’s Raindance’s review of the movie…

Inspired by a shocking true story, SANDPAPER is director Jarett Bellucci’s debut feature. A gorgeously shot and deeply tense battle of wills, the film delves into twisted psychologies, lurking entrapment, and legal loopholes to deliver a thrilling investigation.

A kindly carpenter works on a deck outside the house of his recently divorced employer. The work goes as planned, but the carpenter begins to exhibit some peculiar traits. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but a little off-beat. Jarett Bellucci will slowly wrench the tension from this premise, revealing these eccentricities as evidence of a complex and devious personality, one which will put the protagonist in immediate and inescapable danger.

Most immediately notable is the film’s beautiful cinematography – Aleutian Calabay and Christopher Walters capture the sylvan domesticity of the film’s setting, only to later twist this wooded paradise into an isolated, domineering prison. The performances are also striking, particularly that of David Raizor, who plays the disturbed carpenter with nuance and depth – Howard is not a generic horror villain, but a fully-formed character whose motivations are various and conflicting. Lori Katz is excellent in the opposing role – while she is a victim of Howard’s proclivities, she nonetheless exudes a sense of determined resistance throughout. She will not be cowed so easily. An unnerving tale of southern hospitality turned on its head.

Milo Garner

Sandpaper | Film Festivals

Winners – Best Feature

New Vision International Film Festival (NVIFF) – (Best American Feature)
Mount Vernon Film Festival
Underground Indie Film Festival

Official Selections

Garden State Film Festival – Best Male Actor Nomination
New Hope Film Festival – Best Picture and Best Director Nominations
Manhattan Film Festival
New Filmmakers NY
Miami Independent Film Festival – Semi Finalist
Videoscream International Film Festival
Hunter Mountain Film Festival
New Vision International Film Festival (NVIFF)
Raindance Film Festival 2019
Sydney Indie Film Festival
– Semi Finalist

The Trailer for Sandpaper is Live!

Eager to add value to her property before selling it, newly-divorced Kate Hunt hires an amiable but eccentric local carpenter named Howard to build her a new deck. Initially the perfect craftsman, Howard’s behavior grows ever more peculiar as work progresses and it soon becomes clear that Howard’s eccentricities mask a complex and devious personality that threatens to upturn Kates whole life, locking the pair in a battle of wills that may cost both of them their sanity. Inspired by actual events.