Cape Henlopen Serves as Set for Home-Grown Thriller

Screening of Chris Malinowski’s latest feature film will take place at Delaware Art Museum.


What happens when an aging guitar instructor disappears with three students in the dunes of Cape Henlopen? To find out, you’ll have to see “Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir,” the latest from indie filmmaker Chris Malinowski of Landenberg, Pa. The two-hour feature premiered in Rehoboth, at Movies at Midway, in mid-January last year, and will show upstate at the Delaware Art Museum for a second time on Feb. 15. The film, with 60 actors from across the nation, was shot over the course of a month in Lewes in late 2011. “I always felt something brewing underneath,” Malinowski says. “Then one lonely New Year’s Eve, I took a stroll out to the great dune and thought, This is it.” In addition to writing and directing, Malinowski scored the film and played the lead role. A frequent visitor to Lewes while he was a film student at Ithaca College, Malinowski wrote the film as a “love letter” to the town. Malinowski’s previous film was an experimental piece titled “Alms, You Say.” He readily admits that there’s little market for such work. With the surrealistic “Your Tide,” produced by local restaurateur Alan Burkhard, he takes a step forward. “Since last year, we have screened in London, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and New Orleans,” while investigating distribution channels—a sketchy business, he says. With two feature-length scripts in the can, watch for more films to come. “Professional filmmaking is happening in Delaware,” Malinowski says. Click here to get tickets.  

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