I just barely made it to a screening of Bellflower at SXSW this past year, but I was instantly taken by its apocalyptic charm. For a film that is about the bitterness of love lost, it has a surprising amount of life, a certain demonic spring in its step. That melange of emotions comes from the film’s writer, director and star, Evan Glodell.
Woodrow, the character Evan plays in his film, and best pal Aiden (Tyler Dawson) are tinkerers, forever trying to build bigger and more explosive contraptions. The film itself is something of a handmade experiment. Evan and his team built their cameras by putting vintage bellows systems together with cutting edge digital sensors, giving Bellflower a look reminiscient of, well, nothing else I’ve seen. It is at once vintage yet modern, aged yet entirely new.
I had the opportunity to speak with Evan recently about Bellflower and the work that inspires him. Give a listen and check out the film when it hits theaters this summer.
Bellflower opens in New York and Los Angeles on Auguest 5th. For more information, check out the film’s official site.