Jamie Marks Is Dead

Jamie Marks Is Dead is a 2014 American supernatural horror drama film directed by Carter Smith and based on Christopher Barzak's 2007 novel One for Sorrow.[2][3] The film stars Cameron Monaghan, Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, Morgan Saylor, Noah Silver, and Madisen Beaty.

Jamie Marks Is Dead
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Sundance film poster
Directed byCarter Smith
Produced byOmri Bezalel
Hunter Gray
Jacob Jaffke
Alex Orlovsky
Screenplay byCarter Smith
Based onOne for Sorrow
by Christopher Barzak
StarringCameron Monaghan
Liv Tyler
Judy Greer
Morgan Saylor
Noah Silver
Madisen Beaty
Music byFrançois-Eudes Chanfrault
CinematographyDarren Lew
Edited byEric Nagy
Release date
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Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The film premiered in-competition in the US Dramatic Category at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014.[3][4][5]


The body of a teenager named Jamie Marks, the social outcast of his small town, is found by the river. His ghost is then seen by two high school students: Gracie Highsmith, who discovered the body, and Adam McCormick. As time progresses they begin to understand why he is coming to them specifically. In life, Jamie was in love with Adam,[6] but thought the love unrequited. Over time, Adam admits that he had noticed Jamie in life but had never pursued friendship on any level. In death, Jamie finds the courage to court Adam. Adam and Jamie begin a loving but platonic relationship, which is complicated by their outside relationships in the spirit and material worlds.[7][8]



Jamie Marks Is Dead received mostly positive reviews upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dennis Harvey, in his review for Variety, gave the film a positive review by saying that "The potentially ludicrous story is handled artfully enough here to cast an eerie but not off-putting spell throughout, though the ultimate point is more than a tad murky, and the desired poignancy doesn't fully come across."[9] John DeFore in his review for The Hollywood Reporter called the film "A sincere, psychologically savvy take on YA supernatural fare."[10] Kyle Burton of Indiewire praised the film and said that "Carter Smith's Jamie Marks is Dead is a spooky rendition of teenage passion and shame. It has requisite angst and melodrama, but they’re guided by the film's immersive atmosphere and sense of place. It's a gothic romance—a sort of coming out, bullying story that projects onto its world the moods and emotions of its characters."[11] Jordan Raup of The Film Stage praised Carter Smith's direction that "Smith’s expertise in crafting visceral, frightening scenarios—exemplified in his somewhat under-appreciated studio horror feature The Ruins—is fully on display here. Conjuring a gloomy view, in both the afterlife and the real world, the director seems to be in complete control of his vision, particularly in the sound design and downcast cinematography."[12]


  1. ^ "'Jamie Marks is Dead'". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "BEING ON SET FOR JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive! Carter Smith Talks Sundance Selection 'Jamie Marks is Dead'". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Sundance 2014: U.S. Dramatic Competition". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #78. Carter Smith's Jamie Marks Is Dead". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "MQFF: JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD (2014) REVIEW". PHDavies. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Movie Review: Jamie Marks Is Dead". Echomag.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "2014 Sundance Film Festival: Check out the LGBT-inclusive films screening in Park City this January". GLAAD. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 21, 2014). "Sundance Film Review: 'Jamie Marks Is Dead'". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  10. ^ DeFore, John (January 19, 2014). "Hellion: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Sundance Review: 'Jamie Marks is Dead' is a Poetic but Flawed Meditation on Human Connection". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Jamie Marks is Dead Sundance Film Festival 2014 Review". Retrieved April 14, 2014.

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