- Cast: Ben Foster, Peter Coyote, Lubna Azabal, Garik Chepchyan, Aren Vatyan, Narek Nersisyan, Armine Zeytounchian, Karine Voskanyan, Davit Manukyan, Armen Hayrapetyan, Nick Wagner, Gagik Torchyan, Ara Dkhtrikyan, Garik Davityan, Karapet Aleksanyan, Nareg Duryan, Vahag Stepanyan, Khachik Khachikyan, Alla Sahakyan, Hmayak Hakopyan, Safaryanm Drisha, Ara Hakobyan, Norik Beglaryan, Tigran Veronika Avik, Ashot Yerighyan, Christina Hovaguimyan
- Director: Braden King
- Writers: Braden King, Dani Valent
- Producers: Braden King, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy
- Co Producer: Jeff Kalousdian
- Associate Producers: Zoe Kevork, Glen Sherman
- Executive Producers: Julia King, James D. King , Jack McKinney, Sarita Patel, Sue Schoenthaler
- Casting: Eyde Belasco
- Costume Design: Amanda Ford
- D.O.P.: Lol Crawley
- Editors: David Barker, Andrew Hafitz, Braden King, Paul Zucker
- Makeup: Cécile Pellerin
- Music: Boxhead Ensemble
- Production Design: Richard A. Wright
Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, "Here" chronicles a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Foster) and an expatriate photographer (Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel across the remote countryside. As their trip comes to an end, the two must decide where to go from "Here."
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Armenia
- Production Companies: Lion & Wheel, Parts and Labor, Truckstop Media
- Production Schedule: 22 July 2009 - 4 September 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "Documentary filmmaker Braden King ("Dutch Harbor") shot this road trip-meets-romance adventure tale in Armenia back in mid-2009, the first ever American feature film set in that country. Using the diverse beauty of The Caucasus as a character in itself, "HERE" is no doubt going to be one of the most visually arresting indie films of this year and should make a big splash at its World Premiere at Sundance this month.
Various creative labs tied to the Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca Film Institutes have all leant their support to the project despite King not being a narrative storyteller by trade, which made "HERE" as much an explorative movie as anything else. As a result, this is being touted as a multi-platform experience with a triple-screen, hybrid film/concert sister project entitled "HERE [The Story Sleeps]” which premiered in April last year at MoMA and will potentially be making international tours. There's also the impressionistic short video series "Postcards from HERE" available on the film's website.
With the performances largely improvised, King has set out to make the true life locations highly integral to the storyline. The results took the crew on a winding journey from the capital Yerevan down to the towns along the Iranian border and back up into the disputed Nagorno Karabahk region.
He's also done a "series of brief interludes" that weave seamlessly in and out of the film, all shot by various "well-known avant-garde and experimental filmmakers" using their own methods to do short sequences showing "fictional tales of mythical explorers who map the land in fantastic ways". I'm not sure how this will be integrated into the narrative, we'll have to wait for the reviews to get a better idea of how this will all work. For now though, it sounds fascinating."