In this unique VOD package you get the initial feature film as well as the truncated short version of Into the Chasm entitled Shadow Play, which will play as the trailer (15 min short film.) Think of it as a mind bending two for one psychological thriller…Well, what’s it about you say? Think about these films every time you read about another mass shooting, all too frequent an occurrence these days…
Mike Nelson (Kurt Mattsen) is a young aspiring actor who is introduced by a friend to a mysterious gentleman named Mr. Christian (John Crowther). Mr. Christian explains he has a grant to research and quantify creativity. What separates an ordinary painter from Picasso, an ordinary scribe from Fitzgerald, etc. and what if one could harness and tap into that creativity? In exchange for Mike’s participation he is promised an entree into the theatre world as Mr. christian can call upon his wide array of connections in the art world due to his studies thus far. All Mike has to do is watch and read some videos and essays he’s been given and respond with some sort of improvisational monologue.
Things begin well enough for Mike as he has been called back on some auditions, however, the materials he has been presented leave a lasting and unwanted impression. He feels he may even be programmed somehow. Even more disturbing is that Mike has reason to believe several of the programs past participants may have gone on murderous shooting sprees. However, because of Mike’s confused state of mind, it is hard for him to know whether this is just delusion or not. Will Mike be the next victim, and most importantly who is Mr. Christian?
While this film comes under the guise of a thriller, it is really a meditative piece on the nature of violence in the U.S. and offers in it’s subtext a few possible reasons why… Into The Chasm is the initial feature version which stars noted stage actor and screenwriter John Crowther (co-wrote Charles Bronson film The Evil That Men Do) and son of legendary New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. As previously stated, you get the initial feature as well as the the truncated short version of Into the Chasm entitled Shadow Play, which will play in the trailer. Think of it as a mind bending two for one psychological thriller (but unfurls in a more measured pace a la the European masters like Bergman, Bresson, or Chantal Ackerman…) Also, forgive the 30 seconds of bars & tone, program begins right at 1 minute mark.