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David Lowery

David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas, USA. His films include PIONEER, ST. NICK, PETE’S DRAGON and A GHOST STORY. His most recent picture, THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, starring Robert Redford, premiered at Telluride Film Festival 31 August 2018.

Lowery is known for directing, writing and editing feature films that explore the different essences of humanity. He has worked on both big budget and micro-budget productions saying his goal is to keep working regardless of the scale of the movie or how big its intended audience might be.

He had his breakthrough with his first feature film, ST. NICK (2009), which follows two runaway children abandoned by their guardians. The film screened at the South by Southwest festival. In 2011 Lowery started his own production company, Sailor Bear. That same year, he wrote and directed the short film entitled PIONEER, which played at the Sundance Film Festival that year.

Lowery wrote, directed and edited his second feature film, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was selected to compete at the International Critics’ Week section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2016 Lowery reinvented PETE’S DRAGON for Disney. This live-action movie was shot and animated in New Zealand and went on to be a critical and box office success.

Lowery’s new feature, THE OLD MAN & THE GUN utilises a grainy 16mm aesthetic and a period-appropriate soundtrack, Indiwire says “Lowery time-travels to a long-dormant aesthetic so well that the movie may as well be a relic of the era it salutes.”