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“I’ve never seen anything like it. Highly original. Beautiful and mysterious southern-gothic avant-garde.”



One of seven Vanguard Gems—unique and exciting don’t miss movies from some of the festival’s most innovative artists.


Holly Herrick, Sarasota Film Festival

“a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

First-time writer-director Robert Persons establishes himself as a maverick personality with his lyrical collage documentary, General Orders No. 9. An elegiac contemplation of the price of progress in the Deep South and its heavy toll on nature, history and community, the film plays more like a moody art installation than a conventional exploration of the clash between environment and urban development.

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