Similar but darker vibes to director Nicholas Bateman's 2011 feature, The Circus Animals (which premiered on NB here) The Fires, Howling is a strange no-man's land of avant-garde mixed with melodrama. A uniquely captured atmosphere, hazy, mythical. We rarely get a fully lit glimpse of anyone's face, everything is night, rarely illuminated. There's only a sliver of a story which concerns a man who needs money and enlists the help of an old friend, "I was thinking we could get it like we used to." A vague dystopian vision; fires burn over the hills, perhaps a whole city destroyed. The survivors now live along a distant perimeter in squalor. I can't quite get a full handle on what Batemen is going for, a good sign he's on to something. Distinctive cinematography from David Io Ross (who also shot The Circus Animals) and featuring Dakota Goldhor. Happy to present the World Premiere of The Fires Howling (11 minutes).
Starring: Clayton LaDue, Bailey Anne Borders, Dakota Goldhor and Keith Stanfield. writing and direction: Nicholas Bateman. cinematography: David Io Ross. production design: Cassandra Louise Baker. score: Aaron Boudreaux. producing: Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Patrick McGuffey, Jonathan Keevil. executives: Daniel Casey, Bryan Campanello, Brian Thomas Evans. coproducing: Luis Flores, Jr. Joel Hodge.