No Budge 2013
By Don Simpson | September 17, 2013
Director: William Cusick
Writers: William Cusick, Kenneth Collins
Starring: Tina Balthazar, Nick Bixby, Peter Blomquist, Stacey Collins, Jim Findlay, Cara Francis, Kevin Gebhard, Brian Greer, Ryan Holsopple, Jennifer Klepacki, Lorraine Mattox, Stephanie Silver, Ryosuke Yamada
I am not going to pretend that I understand William Cusick’s Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road). This is a film that I will need to watch at least ten more times before I can even begin to wrap my head around it. After just one viewing, however, my mind has been dutifully frakked up — and I mean that in the best possible way. What few thoughts and theories I have halfheartedly attempted to regurgitate about Welcome to Nowhere are still just floating aimlessly in the ether of my subconscious thoughts, but that is at least partially because Cusick presents us with a surrealist road movie that deconstructs the American myth into nonsensical oblivion. The stories of five strangers are obliquely intertwined among a barren landscaped of secluded desert highways speckled with seedy motels. Freedom and escapism collide with sex and violence in the Freudian underbelly of the American desert.
By boldly mashing live action with motion graphics animation, Cusick establishes a universe that falls somewhere between the hyper-real and the unreal. Told via a series of seemingly related vignettes, Welcome to Nowhere adopts the persona of a rambling nomad, recounting tall tales through the filter of the whacked out dreams of a drug weary mind. The disjointed, freewheeling narrative acknowledges no cinematic boundaries, going wherever it wants to go, whenever it wants to go there.
If I learned anything from this truly cinematic experience, the meaning of Welcome to Nowhere is left solely (or souly) to the subconscious eyes of each individual viewer. This is a puzzle that is intended to be pieced together without any instructions or guidance. The puzzle pieces are perpetually morphing and shifting, as if an omnipotent being does not want us to figure it all out. Then again, maybe it is best to not worry about piecing it all together? I could be wrong, but I think Welcome to Nowhere might be more about the trip than the underlying intent.
(For one month starting September 17, 2013, Welcome to Nowhere will be streaming for free via NoBudge.com.)