TECHNO WESTERN (2016)

Co-Writer/ Director

Short Film - 14 mins. 

A young boy imitates a popular bounty hunter character by embarking on a journey to hunt down a mysterious man lurking in his hometown.

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 

Techno Western is a project that feels very special to me - special because it’s nothing like I’ve seen before - special because it’s nothing like I’ve made before - and special because I’m left with a very uneasy feeling after watching it. If it truly affects others the same, we’ve arrived here because we very clearly set out to create a mood piece that moves you with a deep sense of dread. The film tells the story of an everyday child embarking on a journey to hunt down a “bad guy”, imitating a bounty hunter character he admires in his favorite cartoon show. I found it interesting to explore the darker elements involved with a childhood quest gone wrong - something I used to do without a fear in the world - but what if? What if something did go wrong? Though I don’t look upon life through a negative lens, I find the heroes journey to be far more vague and murky in real life. I have no experience in the matter, but violence, to me, is far more interesting when it doesn’t go the way you planned it. 

As a filmmaker I try to keep one foot in with the creative team responsible for making the project and one foot out with the audience. With Techno, we’ve made a very understated film. We wanted to give the audience a lot of credit. Questions are raised - some go unanswered - some are there for your own interpretations. It’s hard to place us within a certain genre - there are elements of science-fiction, horror, mystery and revenge. It’s all of those things, yes, but then again maybe it’s not. 

All that matters is that people feel something at the end of a film and with Techno Western, I’m confident they will. 

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​World Premiere - Hollyshorts Film Festival

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