Breakout Sundance film Bellflower has gained attention not only because it’s a strange, nihilistic love story with the requisite independent film oddball characters, but also because of how the film was made and shot. Auteur Evan Glodell went so far as to build his camera himself, which according to the Wikster, “uses various vintage camera parts, bellows and Russian lenses, around the Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Digital Cinema camera.” The writer/director/cinematographer/actor co-stars with friends and along with one of them, even built the film’s flamethrowers. Though this little teaser doesn’t give the viewer much information, Bellflower pays homage to Mad Max as it follows a couple of buddies who build weapons in preparation for (what they hope is) the coming apocalypse. The boys have a dream of world domination with a pre-named gang (Mother Medusa) they intend to assemble. One of the pals falls madly in love, they join a new group of friends and things deteriorate from there.
The story—as most good ones are—is rooted in Glodell’s own experience with love gone wrong, twisted up and set against a backdrop of violence and destruction. Sundance described it as an “exhilarating, character-driven joyride and Bellflower was snapped up at the film festival six days after its premiere. The film also stars Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes and is expected to hit theaters this summer.