Super Dark Times

Kevin Phillips

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 100'
  • USA
  • 2017

In the social minefield that is secondary school, Zach and Josh at least have one another. The teenagers are growing up in a leafy American suburb in the 1990s, with stuff like Clinton, button-up dresses and Nirvana going on in the background. Life revolves around vying for popularity, hanging out, falling in love and looking for kicks. One day, a traumatic accident takes place within the group of friends, driving a wedge between the previously inseparable Zach and Josh. During the day, Zach gets by as best he can, but at night he is caught between wet dreams and nightmares. His life becomes increasingly complicated and, as this thriller reveals, ever more dangerous.
Following his short film Too Cool For School (2015), Kevin Phillips atmospherically dives into the confusion of teenage life. Themes such as lust, love, courage, fear and maturity all play a role, as does learning to tell the difference between good and evil.

Director
Kevin Phillips
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Richard Peete, Jett Steiger, Edward Parks
Production Companies
Ways & Means, Neighborhood Watch , Om Films, Lila 9th Productions
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
Cinematography
Eli Born
Editor
Ed Yonaitis
Sound Design
Colin Alexander
Music
Ben Frost
Cast
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, Amy Hargreaves, Adea Lennox