Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Directed by Rick Darge
USA | 95 min | 2016
Mud (Kyle Gallner) has been trapped in his daily routine for a long time. He runs a struggling virtual reality startup that promises to transport users to exotic locations from the comfort of their homes. Plagued by recurring nightmares of a stranger’s suicide, Mud has a difficult time coping with his monotonous existence. One day, his eccentric cousin Dwayne (Adam Herschman) shows up at his doorstep, disturbing the comforting pattern Mud has created for himself. Dwayne introduces Mud to the power of lucid dreaming with the hopes that it will quell his nightmares. Thus Mud dreams himself into a road trip across America in a psychedelic Volkswagen. Finding himself experiencing a life without the usual comforts and meeting colourful characters, he starts discovering more than he initially bargained for.
Rick Darge began his directorial career after graduating USC film school in 2004 and worked on hundreds of short films, music videos and features. In 2007 he won an Emmy Award for his work on the Broadband Drama, Satacracy 88. In 2016 his feature length debut, ZEN DOG won Film of the Festival at last year’s Raindance.