In the summer of 1988, video production for home rentals were at their highest demand. And at one film studio, a rookie female director of a new film is pushing her production to the brink. Frequently melting down and isolating herself from everyone, giving vague and contradictory directions, and insisting on dozens of takes per scene, her mostly male subordinates berate her constantly for not meeting the needs of her high-pressure role.
A pure and genuine artist at heart, the director insists on a specific vision, despite the questionable script and acting talent. Battling demanding producers, melodramatic actors, and a by-the-book FCC beaurocrat, both she and her crew must decide whether to stay the course. Directed by Eiji Uchida (MIDNIGHT SWAN, HIFF40) and starring Marika Matsumoto, SHRIEKING IN THE RAIN ventures behind the scenes of professional filmmaking with a cast of misfits who are all a little overwhelmed by their shared circumstances. Equal parts dark, edgy comedy and deep pathos, it takes us into a world full of drama, frustration, and ultimately catharsis for everyone.