The Buick Skylark and the Film You Need to Know
The Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the world, allows independent filmmakers to show their creations in front of a powerful audience. In 2011, a low-budget pre-apocalyptic film by the name of Bellflower stunned viewers. The little-known film was produced for under $20,000. Despite the incredibly low budget, the film received a nomination for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (The Blair Witch Project won this award in 1999).
Flame-Throwers and an End of the World Gang
Bellflower is about a pair of friends who spend their time constructing flame-throwers with the wish that after an apocalyptic event they will be able to take over the world. The friends create a gang called “Mother Medusa.” The unofficial mascot of the Mother Medusa gang is the Buick Skylark lovingly named Medusa. This Buick Skylark is not like any other, it actually shoots flames.
Tinkerer, Car Modifier, and Film Maker
The creator of the film, Evan Glodell, not only wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film, but he also made the car and the cameras used for the film. The 1972 Buick Skylark was modified over the course of three years with an added 30,000 volts to power the flame throwers. The cameras were created by piecing together parts from vintage cameras as well as antique bellows and lenses from Russian cameras. These old parts were added to a mini digital camera. The old cameras made new and the revitalizing of the 40-year-old Buick Skylark gave Bellflower a unique look that added to the apocalyptic nature of the film.
The film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. It has been described as a mixture of Fight Club and Mad Max along with the texture and angst of teen films by John Hughes. Visit the website at: http://www.bellflower-themovie.com/