“A trippy indie odyssey."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
HELLAWARE gently satirizes the world of high-brow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the “incestuous, New York, socialite shit” that sells at prominent art galleries, Nate (Keith Poulson) embarks on a quest for a more authentic brand of contemporary art. When a coked-up YouTube search leads to a music video from Delawarean Goth rappers Young Torture Killers, an Insane Clown Posse knock-off, Nate knows he’s found his subjects. He soon drags his friend-with-benefits Bernadette (Sophia Takal) to rural Delaware to shoot the group playing in their parents’ basement. To “immerse himself” in the group’s culture and add an extra layer of realism to his work, Nate befriends the rappers and makes return trips to get to know them. But as his relationship with group develops, he becomes increasingly aware that, while you can take the boy out of the art world, you can’t take the art world out of the boy.
Directed and Written by Michael M. Bilandic
Produced by Spencer Kiernan and Rachel Michelle Fernandes
Cinematography by Sean Price Williams
Editing by Jason Giampietro
Additional Editing by Robert Greene
Photography in film by Eléonore Hendricks
Starring: Keith Poulson, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Brent Butler
Festivals: BAMCinemafest, Sidewalk Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Refocus Film Festival