Director Daniel Patrick Carbone in person for Q&A!
Hide Your Smiling Faces vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their town, unsettling the brothers and their friends in a way they can’t fully understand. Once familiar interactions begin to take on macabre tones in light of the tragic accident, which lead Eric, 14, and Tommy, 9 (two strong yet sensitive performances by Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson), to retreat into their wild surroundings. As the two brothers vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they simultaneously hold their own silent debates within their minds that build into seemingly insurmountable moral peaks. In his feature film debut, Daniel Patrick Carbone combines an elegant script with beautiful cinematography to illustrate how lives can change in an instant. Hide Your Smiling Faces is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth, as well as the calluses that one often develops as a result of an unfiltered past.