I’m not going to suggest that writer-director Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir Too Late is particularly throwing shade at 2015 Oscar-winner Birdman, but it’s impossible not to compare the two films. Where Birdman used studio trickery to simulate one long uninterrupted take, Too Late is the real deal. Comprised of 5 acts, each a single, 20-minute long take, the story follows a world-weary detective (John Hawkes) as he insinuates himself into the underbelly of Los Angeles as he searches for a missing woman with whom he has a very tangled relationship. The film is getting theatrical release in Los Angeles March 18 followed by New York City on April 1 only in 35mm, followed by a wide release. and in this exclusive featurette, the cast and crew talk at length about why that format is the only way to see the film in theaters.

Along with Hawkes Too Late stars Vail Bloom, Joanna Cassidy, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Brett Jacobsen, Dichen Lachman, Dash Mihok, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Crystal Reed, Rider Strong, and Natalie Zea. Hauck produced along with Taylor Feltner and Alexandra Barreto under Hauck’s Foe Killer Films banner with Vanishing Angle’s Matt Miller and Erich Lochner co-producing. For another taste, here’s a look at the most recent trailer: