The third feature film from director Conrad Faraj. “IN ABSENCE” follows the story of Lucas West, a lonely 20-something living a routined life in upstate New York. In an unexpected moment Lucas saves a drowning girl named Emmy Cohen and the two form an unusual relationship - until one day fate strikes against them, and a terrible crime forces the couple to run away into the woods to start a new life as outlaws. As the story progresses things begin to appear a little strange. Lucas must determine whether the life he is living is merely an illusion, or if its a structured memory slowly falling apart with every move he makes. To be shot on location in CLEVELAND, OHIO & NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK on the RED EPIC camera with ZEISS PRIME lenses.
The producers of “THE WIND IS WATCHING" and "YOUNG HARVEST" bring you "IN ABSENCE" the fourth feature film produced by Conrad Studios slated for 2013. Conrad Faraj, a young independent filmmaker from Cleveland, will helm the directorial responsibilities, with Chris Langer, Graham Haas, and Greg Kraus, a highly recognized and skilled team of cinematographers on board to create an aesthetically pleasing and visually stunning look to the film. Other notable members of the team include composer/conductor Todd Maki, Matthew Ward (director of Young Harvest), and Cleveland-personality Steven "Sugar" Farris.
Our goal for “IN ABSENCE” is to enter the In Competition selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. From Day 1 that has been our mission, and we hope to create a dramatic piece that is worthy of such a notable achievement. “IN ABSENCE” will present a variety of themes that deal with the cause and effect of human interactions. It will focus on each character’s interpretation of a normal life and how they differ in feelings and ideas - yet they are all connected as one, by a power beyond our reason.