"Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir." (2013)





















     In January of 2011, 63-year-old RUDY “CLAY” CLAITONOWSKY, a rogue guitar instructor, and three of his teenaged pupils disappeared without a trace into the sand dunes of Cape Henlopen, Delaware.  Ten months later, Clay’s estranged, stock broker son CLIFF makes an emotional pilgrimage to the coastal town, which he abandoned twelve years prior following the death of his mother.  Amending his past and that of his father, Cliff begrudgingly forges relationships with mirthful barfly JACK, his father’s closest friend, the elderly MERRILL, his mother’s one-time hospice nurse, and restaurant owner, JACEY, Clay’s former mistress and mother of CARL TULLIVAN, one of the missing teenagers.  Looming beyond Cliff’s ambivalent quest is the presence of shady real estate mogul RICK TULLIVAN, Jacey’s ex-husband and father of Carl, and a spectral assemblage of reserved, faceless men, with grim ties to Clay who threaten Cliff nocturnally.  As Cliff becomes mired in the unrequited love of his father and an elusive female other, the missing teenagers re-appear, one by one, with a single phrase on their listless lips:  “Yes, your tide is cold and dark, Sir.”


     “A love letter to your oceans, to your lost ships, and to the shadow in your chest.”  Myatin Filmworks Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir. is a 2013 existentialist drama written, directed, and produced by Pennsylvania/Delaware filmmaker Christopher Malinowski. Entrepreneur and business magnate Alan Burkhard executive produced the picture for Malinowski.  The principal cast of the film includes Jean Brooks, Christopher Malinowski, Chrissy Tackett, Aimee Cassada, Ted LeBlang, and Gregory Tigani, with supporting cast featuring Michael McFadden, Shawneen Rowe, Larry DiMaio, Ritchie Rubini, Robert Stuart, Alan Burkhard, Shane Spencer, Alexis Barone and Evangeline Young.  The film was shot over a 27-day period in coastal-Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park and extensively in the towns of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware during the Fall/Winter of 2011. 


Writer/Director/Producer – Christopher Malinowski, Executive Producer – Alan Burkhard, Director of Photography – Robert Stuart, Assistant Director – Chris Black, Second Assistant Director – Colby Bartine, Gaffer – Kevin Martin, Grip – Paul Chresomales, Location Sound – Justin Fernando Walls, Wardrobe – Patricia Herrgott, Assistant Camera – Ian Mosely-Duffy, Production Designer – Noah Grant-Levine, Grip/Electric Swing and A.D. Trainee – Tyler Bishoff, Best Boy/Electric -Christopher Blakely, Best Boy/Grip – Martin Simon, Additional Camera Assist – Brent Weichsel and Casey Johnson, Editors – Colby Bartine and Christopher Malinowski