Audiences going to the Midnight Movies at the Sundance Film Festival can expect some unusual sories. One of the entries, “Sweetheart” is a combination castaway adventure and monster movie.
The film’s central character, Jen, is a young black woman who washes up on the shore of a Pacific Island, the survivor of a party boat wrecked in a storm.
She quickly learns to survive, but finds she is threatened by a monster who lives in the ocean nearby.
Director JD Dillard discussed where he got the inspiration for the plot—and a central image from the movie.