Film Screening: Bellflower, Friday 21 October 20:00, Screening Room 1, The Factory
An agonizingly intense, almost unbearably beautiful first feature from the writer-director Evan Glodell. He also stars as Woodrow, a self-described dude from Wisconsin transplanted to a grungy corner of Los Angeles, who, with his high-strung roommate and lifelong friend, Aiden (Tyler Dawson), tries to fulfill “Mad Max”-based, comic-book-fuelled apocalyptic visions by means of shotguns, souped-up cars, and homemade incendiary devices. But when Woodrow meets and falls in love with the devil-may-care Milly (Jessie Wiseman), who knows she’s trouble, he’s sucked into his own inner apocalypse from which his whizbang gadgets offer no escape. Glodell and his cast bring the story to life with a shambling charm, impulsive energy, and hair-trigger violence; his images are as fiery and bruising as the action he depicts, and the meticulously wrought, raw rock-and-roll fury of his visions, joining cosmic conflagration to post-adolescent romantic bathos and banal self-destruction, is realized on a budget that would be Hollywood lunch money. Framing everyday intimacies on a terrifyingly grand scale, Glodell blasts open a new dimension in the cinematic imagination. (The New Yorker)
With Writer / Director / “Woodrow” Evan Glodell in attendance
Originally from Wisconsin, Evan moved to California in his early 20s with a group of close friends to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He and his brother started the Brothers Glodell which would grow to have a huge Internet cult following for their quirky and humorous short videos, some including Bellflower cast members Jessie Wiseman and Vincent Grashaw. Picking up other Coatwolf members along the way, including Tyler Dawson and Joel Hodge, Evan began working for Internet start-up STIM TV where he conceptualized and starred in the edgy sitcom BOSS OF THE GLORY. Evan has directed many music videos, most notably Cursive’s “Let Me Up.” Working as a cinematographer, Evan shot the feature-length horror movie PLACEBO and the short film SAVANNA, which screened at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and won an Accolade Competition, ‘Excellence in Film’ award.
Bellflower, an intensely personal story incorporating many real life events, is Evan Glodell’s feature-length directorial debut. Production began in early 2008 shortly after completing the innovative ‘Coatwolf Model II’ Ultra Large Format optical system made exclusively for the film. Bellflower became Evan’s true labor of love, causing him to sacrifice almost everything, including selling off all of his personal belongings and living in an abandoned wing of an office building to fund the movie.
Evan is a prolific writer and has already developed a series of feature-length movies to follow Bellflower: TALES FROM THE APOCALYPSE.