Take a dark buddy comedy and add an unexpected romance and some apocolyptic violence, and what you have is the explosive indie flick- Bellflower, soon to be featured by Back Alley Film Series this Friday.
Last month, Back Alley Film Series screened the Canadian horror comedy, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, a film about two friendly hillbillies whose vacation turns violent after a long string of tragic misunderstandings.
The first film screened by the series- Trollhunter, documentary-style film about college students uncovering a Norwegian government conspiracy- was just released on Blu Ray and DVD last week.
This month’s feature film, Bellflower, follows best friends Woodrow and Aiden who spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse.
But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off a series of extreme violence.
Evan Glodell is the mastermind behind Bellflower, writing the story and screenplay as well as directing, producing, and starring in the film. Originally from Wisconsin, Glodell moved to California in his early 20s with a group of close friends to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. 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.
While Glodell had directed several short films and music videos, Bellflower is his full-length directoral debut. Unfortunately for Glodell, directing short films is not the best paying job. Glodell, determined to make Bellflower a reality in 2008, resorted to selling off all of his personal belongings and living in an abandoned wing of an office building to fund the movie. On a shoestring budget of $17,000, Glodell managed to turn the idea behind Bellflower into a critically-aclaimed, multi-genre indie adventure, which was released to a satisfied audience last August.
According to James Rocchi of MSN Movies, Bellflower is “a weird mix of John Hughes and Mad Max. One of the most strong and stylish critiques of the idiocy and confusion in young manhood since Fight Club. Handmade and heartfelt, Bellflower is intense and darkly gorgeous, with the sunburned intensity of a high-summer fever dream.”
While the film’s style seems to be in the same vein as the critically acclaimed cult classic- Fight Club, Glodell assured the movie-going audience that Bellflower does not promote violence.
“I am a strong believer that stories on film should be told in an exciting way – whatever that means,” Glodell said in a press release. “To me I suppose it translates into tons of fire, violence and insanity, but if I thought I was putting something negative into the world, I would most likely burn it before I would let anyone see it.”
The indie flick is also receiving praise for cinematographer Joel Hodge’s shooting style.Hodges utilizes a camer built by Evan Glodell, who combined vintage camera parts, bellows and Russian lenses, around a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Digital Cinema camera. The most notable camera, the Coatwolf Model II, was created exclusively for Bellflower.
The mixture of one-of-a-kind camera work and the unique story has made Bellflower an official selection by both the Sundance Film Festival as well as the South By Southwest Film Festival. Bellflowers ultimately earned a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, receiving praise for Evan Glodell as “a true talent to watch.”