Based on the buzz out of Sundance and SXSW, Bellflower is situated at the top of my most anticipated list. Thankfully, Oscilloscope picked up the film for a planned summer release, so I won’t have to wait too long. Bellflower comes from the mind of Evan Glodell, credited as star, writer, director, producer, and editor on the DIY production. The story centers on two friends (Glodell and Tyler Dawson) who spend their free time “building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang ‘Mother Medusa.'”
I’ve read just enough to know that the film is surprising enough to warrant a fresh first viewing. Thankfully, the first teaser trailer abides, seducing the viewer with critical praise and a hypercool tone rather than story details. Watch the trailer after the break.
Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. All their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa”. While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.
In case you missed it, Carson Daly facilitated a gas station encounter between Glodell and Diddy at SXSW, during which Bellflower gained an impromptu sponsor: