Once in a great while a small film comes forth that truly breaks new ground. <i>Heat and Sunlight</i> is that kind of effort, and perhaps one of the most personally risky films ever committed to celluloid. Rob Nilsson’s Heat and Sunlight is an extraordinary achievement. <i>Heat and Sunlight</i> chronicles the final 16 hours of a love affair between photojournalist Mel Hurley (Rob Nilsson) and Carmen (Consuelo Faust), his dancer/choreographer girlfriend.
As Mel withdraws into his sense of isolation, anger and jealousy, other difficult and obsessive memories begin to emerge: haunting images of a dangerous trip to starving Biafra in 1970. With a mounting sense of futility. Mel seems on the verge of a mental collapse until his life-long friends convince him to confront Carmen. What results is one of the riskiest, sexiest, funniest couplings in recent memory. The effect is honest, gritty, gutsy, and finally, cathartic.