- X 2019
Awesomely Righteous and Radical
Shane Ryan, Kelley Daniel, Justin Talarski, Simon Pritchard, Dustin Ferguson, Tony Newton for Mad Sin Cinema, Vestra Pictures, Socal Cinema Studios
directed by Jason Ewert (segment Swamp Buck), Shane Ryan (segment Guerrilla), Luc Bernier (segment Wallet), Dustin Ferguson (segment Los Angeles Connection), Oliver Jolliffe (segment Party Like It's 1984), Jim Towns (segment The Somnambulist), Dean Houlihan (segment Odyssey of the Disturbed), Matti Soikkeli (segment Luna di Morte), Aaron Stielstra (segment Tumor Hunter)
starring segment Swamp Buck: Mitch Groethe, Dominic Bowers, Jake Jordan; segment Guerrilla: Mars Mohamed, Carissa Carlberg, Delaiah Hastie, Kendall Morris, Randy Burke, Lyddie Ward, Adrian Baez, Riley Yargus, Braeden Morgan, Lucy Dorado, Raul Gutierrez; segment Wallet: Maude Michaud, Debbie D; segment Los Angeles Connection: Sheri Davis, Raymond Vinsik Williams, Mike Ferguson, Eric Reingrover; segment Party Like It's 1984: Sarah Dyas, Oliver Jolliffe, Tom Jolliffe, Eden Jun; segment The Somnambulist: Matt McLeod, Edward Hong, Shane Ryan; segment Odyssey of the Disturbed: Dan Vaughan, Alan McLoughlin, Nedra Cullen O'Brien, Laurajane Sherlock, Holly Ruth Bailey, Fionn Noonan, John Nolan; segment Luna di Morte: Jemina Mäenpää, Ville Rajakangas, Romeo Soikkeli; segment Tumor Hunter: Walter Cain, Chris Gabroy, James Vancza, Chris Brennan
created by Shane Ryan, written by Jason Ewert (segment Swamp Buck), Shane Ryan (segment Guerrilla), Luc Bernier (segment Wallet), Dustin Ferguson (segment Los Angeles Connection), Tom Jolliffe (segment Party Like It's 1984), Jim Towns (segment The Somnambulist), Dean Houlihan (segment Odyssey of the Disturbed), Matti Soikkeli (segment Luna di Morte), music by Matthew Ewert, Kevin MacLeod, Greg Birkumshaw, Samuel Laukkanen, Aaron Stielstra
A handful of shorts from all over the spectrum, all with a (more or less
obvious) 1980s vibe to them:
- Swamp Buck: A son (Dominic Bowers) saves his father (Jake
Jordan) who's attacked by a mutated swamp buck when they're out
hunting by shooting the beast. Unfortunately they later make the
mistake to eat the animal as well ...
- Guerrilla: A virus
outbreak leaves an immune young boy (Mars Mohamed) to fend for himself
in a world that grows more and more hostile ...
- Wallet: A woman (Maude Michaud) finds a wallet with plenty of
cash - and decides to keep it, not anticipating the consequences ...
Debbie D is also in this one.
- Los Angeles Connection: Vanessa (Sheri Davis) is raped and
killed by two thugs (Mike Ferguson, Eric Reingrover), not taking into
account that her husband (Raymond Vinsik Williams) might want to take
bloody revenge ...
- Party Like It's 1984: All two bodyguards (Tom Jolliffe,
Oliver Jolliffe) are tasked with is getting a musician (Sarah Dyas) to
Wembley Arena for a show - but she's a bit of a problem child with a
drug addiction, and eventually the three end up lost in the woods ...
- Somnambulist: After months of experiments, three scientists
have (Matt McLeod, Edward Hong, Shane Ryan) found a way to communicate
with a comatose woman - but by doing so, they're
opening a door to another world ...
- Odyssey of the Disturbed: As this story about teen couples
shows, true love will always find a way - but there's plenty of hatred
along the roadside ...
- Luna di Morte: A short meditation on murder-suicide, really
- Tumor Hunter: A cancerous wheelchair-bound alcoholic that has
somehow attracted the wrath of a street gang receives unexpected help
by a leather-clad hero ...
As is the case with many themed anthologies with filmmakers from all
over the board, this is a mixed bag of goodies - but that's not a bad
thing at all, as it shows a wide range of approaches to the common theme,
from the intentionally trashy to the artistic, the dead serious to the
downright funny, the abstract to the in-your-face, and likewise the films
vary wildly in look and feel. As a result it's of course only natural that
not all the movies collected here will be exactly to your liking, as
that's just the nature of a project like this, but at the same time the
film has pretty much at least something to love for everybody. And on top
of that, indie fans like myself will also marvel at the variety present in
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