Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

The Rainbow Experiment


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 129 minutes

The Rainbow Experiment
The Rainbow Experiment
The Rainbow Experiment
The Rainbow Experiment

THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT centers around a tragic event in a Manhattan high school science lab that becomes a catalyst for this whodunit mystery. When an experiment goes wrong, a student named Matty is sent to the hospital. At best, the accident will leave him horribly disfigured. Turmoil breaks out in the community, as a battle over who is responsible turns nasty. Students point fingers at each other. Teachers begin fighting about whether the science teacher should be held accountable. Parents blame school administrators. Needless to say, it’s chaos. Uniquely told from the perspective of the victim—whose phantom figure guides us through the story, but who in reality is still fighting for his life in the hospital—the film tackles the ongoing drama from every angle. Though it’s not a documentary, it employs a cinema vérité approach. Director Christina Kallas also utilizes split-screen techniques and multi-layered soundtracks to contrast the different scenarios that are constantly unfolding. The sensory overload is an ingenious way to capture all the dizzying action. At its core, THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT is a creative exploration of our human tendency to place blame as a way to make sense of pain—and the unfortunate outcome that often follows. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 11:00 AM

American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Christina Kallas’ tense ensemble drama "42 Seconds of Happiness" (2016) received a number of awards in regional and international film festivals. THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT was one of five works-in-progress selected in 2017 for US in Progress Paris. It premiered at Slamdance and Cinequest 2018.

42 Seconds of Happiness (2016), THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT (2017)

Allison Vanore, Christina Kallas

Christina Kallas

Dave Sharples

Natalie Reneau

Principal Cast
Chris Beetem, Francis Benhamou, Christian Coulson, Kevin Kane, Nina Mehta, Laura Pruden, Connor Siemer, Lauren Pruden, Connor Siemer, Lauren Sowa, Swann Gruen, Christine McLaughlin

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