Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hobo with a Shotgun

"HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN takes on genre filmmaking with a vengeance and a toque."
-Toronto Star

"A down and dirty, hyper-violent, fully demented, all-severed-heads-and-limbs salute to 1970s grindhouse" 

In honor of the Dallas Film Festival (and a reoccurring accounting error by my assistant, Allan Tam), the Film & Art Study held a screening at our own Reel FX Film Festival tomorrow night on May 23rd, 2012, with a special presentation of the (2011) Canadian-cult film, Hobo with a Shotgun, by director, Jason Eisener.


About The Film 

A train pulls into the station – it’s the end of the line. A hobo jumps from a freight car hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan. Amidst the chaos, the hobo comes across a pawn shop window displaying a secondhand lawn mower. He dreams of making the city a beautiful place and starting a new life for himself. But as the brutality continues to rage around him, he notices a shotgun hanging above the lawn mower... Quickly, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with that gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber...


 While shot on a Red Epic camera, the film was digitally post-processed in order to make it look like it was shot on color reversal stock cross-processed in negative chemicals, which results in highly saturated, shifted colors.    

Although this was filmed in an English speaking Province Canada is a bilingual country with mostly English speaking citizens, there are a few french communities and two French speaking Provinces. In the schoolbus scene, you can read ''sortie de secours'' on the rear window of the bus, which is french for ''emergency exit''.    

 David Brunt, who played the Hobo in the original Grindhouse trailer, appears as a shotgun wielding dirty cop in the scene where the cops go out to hunt down the hobos. He screams "We're all dirty cops!"  


Hobo with a Shotgun was written by John Davies and Jason Eisener and directed by Jason Eisener. 

NOT RATED, 86 min, Dolby Digital, Color, 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio.



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