The Idiotmaker's Gravity Tour is a minor miracle of sorts. This ambitious, epic, ultra low-budget film began as a kernel, a hiccup; on August 18, 2011, it premiered as a feature film at Philadelphia's International House Theater. It has been well reviewed and well received. It is now available to view in its entirety on Fandor at fandor.com/films/the_idiotmakers_gravity_tour. Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or winner and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Rob Nilsson (writer-director of Signal 7 and Heat and Sunlight) said of the film, "The Idiotmaker’s Gravity Tour is a no-budget, do-it-yourself excursion to India, from a very talented filmmaker of considerable enterprise and admirable aplomb. Actor William Cully Allen is heartbreaking in the role and has a very dynamic face -- there is a piquant, tragic quality there that makes one understand and gravitate towards him and his mission. The beautiful cinematography and the compelling story guarantee a 'gravity tour' to the East that you won’t regret taking."
The production was bolstered by donations and various kinds of support, and has been a true independent effort. Early buzz has been off the charts and a bright road is ahead, including a possible distribution deal. Lensed in rural and urban Uttar Pradesh India, Montreal, Northern California, New York City and other locations, the film tells the story of Max Plugin, a jaded but flamboyantly irreverent relic of the 1960s. In his teens, Max ran away to California, where he met Teschlock, a charismatic ascetic and guru renowned among a small group of young followers. When Teschlock asked Max to join him and his disciples on an ashram in India, Max declined and returned home. Now, forty years later, at age 57, Max takes a Castaneda-esque journey to India to find Teschlock’s grave-site, and also himself.
Directed by Daniel Kremer, and co-written by Kremer and lead actor William Cully Allen, this film is both a deeply personal story as well as an elegy to films such as Five Easy Pieces, Two for the Road, Scarecrow, The Rain People, Your Three Minutes Are Up, The Last Movie, Bad Timing, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Two-Lane Blacktop.
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