"Mike Garcia and The Cruz" is a USC comedy-thriller-noir, 16 minute, short thesis film from director Christopher Guerrero of the "The Hipster Games" and creator of "Bill Murray Appreciation Day". Inspired by such films as Alex Cox's Repo Man and the Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski, "Mike Garcia and The Cruz" is a wild ride through a crazy world of College Chancellors, Anarchists, Punk Rockers, Goths, Hipsters and Derby Girls set against the enigmatic Santa Cruz, California (of Lost Boys fame).
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Mike Garcia, a Santa Cruz punk rocker and university computer technician, lets the Chancellor’s laptop inadvertently get stolen by a crew of anarchists. Mike is on a quest to find and return the laptop before the Chancellor kicks him out of school. Helping Mike avoid this fate are Vanessa, a “tough as nails” roller derby girl; Susan, his gothic gamer roommate; and Ryan, an overweight hipster ecstasy dealer. Among beautiful beaches and through towering redwood paths, Mike and this band of misfits must navigate anarchist bureaucrats, a Chancellor concealing a number of secrets, and the other odd events that unfold along the way. Things become increasingly weird as they cut a path through this strange and unpredictable landscape.