Over the course of five days, blank screens were illuminated by a variety of films, ranging from narrative features to in-depth documentaries. They depicted a host of characters, namely, a man who bends metal in feats of strength, young boys who enjoy riding motorized vehicles on just half of the generally recommended number of wheels, and a pair of friends who have given up on civilization and its reliance on oil.
The Treefort Film Fest spotlighted independent films and shorts from March 19 to 23, showing the cinema clips and full length segments at The Flicks and The Shredder. Each main film was shown with an accompanying short and a series of advertisements encouraging Film Fest attendees to see other films during the Treefort weekend and throughout the coming months.
Kicking off the entirety of the Film Fest, The Flicks hosted a showing of Doomsdays, a full length narrative film that features societal drop-outs Dirty Fred and Bruho and their less than legal adventures within the houses of absent home owners. Directed by Eddie Mullins, Doomsdays followed these wanderers through a series of escapades, including the acquisition of another oil-usage-fearing partner and a free-spirited woman, as they jump from house to house, avoid getting caught or found out, and eventually come face-to-face with the fact that their lifestyle might not be completely merited or suitable after all.
The film was shot primarily with a steady camera, comprising of several long shots with as much actions as possible inserted into each take, enhancing the overall “delightful romp” tone that Mullins was aiming for.
In a Skype interview with audience members, Mullins was joined by Justin Rice, one of the leading actors and portrayer of Dirty Fred in Doomsdays. Attendees were able to ask Mullins and Rice about their thoughts behind the film and their experiences while shooting the narrative.
“I was worried about Peak Oil, which led to more reading and more mounting paranoia and anxiety,” said Mullin. “So, naturally, I turned it into a comedy.”
Instead of selecting extravagant shooting locations and sets, Mullins decided to keep the filming process of his feature in his own neighborhood, using his own home and neighboring houses as key locations.
“I don’t want to go on the road until I have a lot of money and can arrive on set in a chariot.” Mullins said, laughing.
Mullins and Rice first met in the art gallery attached to the director’s home, which was also utilized in Doomsdays. From there, the friendship that grew between the two, according to Mullins, “compressed like a diamond.”
Mullins wanted to give Rice a challenge of sorts within his film. The director found that Rice had generally filled “nice people” roles.
“I wanted to see you play a total cock-sucker,” Mullins said, nodding at Rice.
“I’ve always loved more abrasive people and tried to imitate the ridiculous but self-contained characters that I enjoy,” Rice explained. He continued to say that, in channeling the personality for Dirty Fred, “I mostly imitated Eddie.”
Doomsdays was followed by multiple other films throughout the Treefort weekend, including nine documentaries and five other narrative feature films.