Gary’s Walk

Gary’s Walk

SYNOPSIS: In Gary’s Walk a man seeks absolution for his failures as a father by walking his son’s ashes along the LA river to the sea. Encountering a sequence of challenges, he comes to understand the reasons for his son’s murder. Based on the play by Murray Mednick, Gary’s Walk was directed by Guy Zimmerman and starred John Diehl and Amy Madigan.

Director’s Statement:

I loved working on this LA-noir epic, which featured a remarkable cast including John Diehl, Amy Madigan, Peggy Blow, and many others. The DP Jeffry Atherton and I had made several other films together using a custom made rig that allowed us to make the most of our minuscule budget. Based on the same principle at work in a 4x5 still camera, this rig allowed us remarkable control over planes of focus, and the LA river locations gave us the room to really explore how to use that look expressively. The remarkable Don Preston, Frank Zappa’s keyboardist and a virtuous jazz artist, composed the gorgeous score. Looking back, I’m amazed at what we were able to pull off.