SXSW FILM 2011
By Dave Campbell | March 30, 2011
Director: Evan Glodell
Writer: Evan Glodell
Starring: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes
If the global apocalypse were to happen tomorrow, none would be more prepared than L.A. suburbanites Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson). The two friends have constructed personal flamethrowers and a fire-breathing muscle car named MEDUSA as if they were pulled straight out of the frames of Mad Max. The imaginary gang — known as Mother Medusa — is their pastime, their hobby and an escape from the mundane.
After a day of shooting up propane tanks and testing out a thrower, Woodrow and Aiden head to a neighborhood bar where Evan meets his female equivalent in Milly (Jessie Wiseman). Woodrow moves fast and takes Milly on their first date, which ends up being an on-the-fly road trip to Texas, in a whiskey dispensing Volvo Bertone. If that isn’t modern day romance enough for you, Woodrow opts for a change of pace by trading in the car for a motorcycle for them to make the trip back to California…just because. From there, the love affair of Woodrow and Milly quickly blossoms…into a mushroom cloud. What was once perfect soon becomes tragic, and the apocalypse finally comes in the form of Woodrow’s pain induced emotions.
Hands down one of my favorite experiences at the theater in 2011. Bellflower presents viewers with a hyper stylized and intense look at the emotional and mental chaos that erupts in the mind of someone who is suffering with the pain of a failed relationship. And how freaking awesome is it that writer/director/actor/producer Evan Glodell, cinematographer Joel Hodge and the rest of the Coatwolf Productions team fabricated not only all of the fully functional props, but also the amazing beast of a camera system that captures the mesmerizing visuals of this unique picture. With their combined efforts, these cinematic mad scientists have turned their shared passion into a wonderfully gritty and emotionally raw experience.