man finds himself flashing from one reality to another and not
knowing how, why or for how long. Consistent throughout each
reality is the love for one woman and in only one reality is he
truly happy with her. When a mysterious man with a hat appears out
of no where, he starts to realize something is not right and life
may be nothing more than an illusion in this feature science
fiction, suspense and Love story motion picture by Houston
Director Amir Valinia.
by Andrew Henderson and Directed by Amir Valinia, this cleaver
science fiction movie tells the story of John Rotit (played by Donny
Boaz) an ordinary Architect with a beautiful and loving wife, Clare
Rotit (played by Elle LaMont).
being chewed out by his boss (played by Tom Sizemore) for
"Unusual" and unexplainable behavior an argument between
the two escalates to a firing. John finds help with psychologist Dr.
Ryan Greene (played by Deke Anderson). John is desperately trying to
find out why he is acting out and having hallucination of other
realities. With stress building, John, unexpectedly flashes to
another reality and finds himself on-stage and in front of a live
audience as the lead singer of a rock band and under the name of
Johnny Rotten, a depressed heroin addict suffering the loss of his
back and forth between realities, Dr. Greene suspects that John is
not taking his medications as prescribed. When John goes to refill
his prescription he sees the mysterious man with the derby hat and
give chase. Not able to find this mysterious man and not knowing why
he is stalking him, John, instantly, flashes to a more horrid
reality. There he picks up a young woman by the name of Valerie
Evelyn (played by Natalie Wilemon). In this reality, John is a
well-dressed, well-mannered, cold and calculating serial killer.
With his hand around Valerie's neck, this John has no regrets about
what he is doing and find peace with the fact that he is fulfilling
a dream quest.
As John flashes
between realities, things seem to be over-lapping and one reality
seems to be merging with another. Going down a rabbit hole, John is
losing perspective and his sense of who he really is and in which
reality he belongs. Is he a mild-mannered unemployed architect, is
he really a drugged-out rock icon or is he the ruthless serial
killer? Fighting for the love of Clare and to stay in the only
reality that makes him the happiest, who is this man with the derby
hat that is trying to convince John to “come back”? Twists and
turns this movie is really a love story and the lengths we will go
to in holding on to our memories.
by comic and screenwriter Andrew Henderson, “Flashes” is a
complex love story with numerous subplots. Each story pushing the
audience into the mind of someone dealing with tragedy but finding
conflict in trying to resolve what is happening to him while all the
time unexpectedly moving from one reality to another. At times, the
story was difficult to follow and needed some additional
explanation, but taken as a whole, Mr. Henderson is able to present,
to the production team, a story that is fast-paced,
thought-provoking, entertaining and a story that will keep an
audience in their seats.
Director Amir Valinia and the production team did a great job in
translating the story written by Mr. Henderson and applying an
interpretation of what this story ought to look. Mr. Valinia did an
outstanding job in making sure that the movie was entertaining and
visually enticing to those watching it. As a director, Mr. Valinia
is more than proficient in applying the rules of filmmaking and tweaking
them to suit his personal vision. His adaptation of the screenplay
and his vision of the story was wonderfully translated onto the
cinematographer Barry Strickland the movie was exceptionally framed
and beautifully stunning to see. Each scene was masterfully blocked,
composed, lit and along with his use of camera angles and movement,
Mr. Strickland created an entertaining movie to experience. From the
first scene to the ending credits both the Director and
Cinematographer took great pains to ensure the movie was
"well-made" and a movie that people will want to see.
from the cast were, as well, exceptional. Mr. Boaz performance
playing three different personality types just underscores his
acting brilliance and skills. As well, Elle LaMont's performance was
unquestionably and equally brilliant.
particular screening Wednesday, October 22nd at the Alamo
Drafthouse-Vintage Park, in Houston, Texas saw the addition of two
actors that were not in the original premiere version of the
movie back in May of 2014, of this year. This screening
saw the addition of Veteran Actors Tom Sizemore and Christopher
Judge to the list of credits. Tom Sizemore playing the part of Mark
Hume (originally played by Rutherford Cravens) and Christopher Judge
playing the part of Professor Ernstrom (originally played by Ron
Jackson). Each bringing with them a sizable
amount of experience in both blockbuster movies and hit television
shows. Their performances were as expected by such actors,
very professional and effortless. One complaint we had was
with Mr. Sizemore's performance, although executed well, he had a tendency
to either look toward the camera or to the crew off stage when
delivering his lines and interacting with the main character. We
were not convinced that the director was able to effectively direct
this particular actor, with a sizable amount of experience.
Valinia, the director, was also the editor of this movie. With
the possible exception of one, maybe two noticeable scene changes,
cuts and transitions were seamless and unremarkable. With one
glaring and seemingly weird transition the movie flowed from one
scene to another with ease and consistency.
levels throughout the entire movie were consistent and
contained NO ambient noise or distortion from one cut to another
thanks to Supervising Sound Editor Sammy Huen, Victor Nguyen,
utility sound technician and Kent Ohler operating the boom mic.
pace of the movie was set with music composed by musician Sammy Huen
(the supervising sound editor) The music flowed from scene to scene
and was appropriate for this particular genre. Just recently, the
team won the 2014 award for Best Sound Design for a Feature at the
10th Annual Action on Film International Film Festival.
assessment: Director Amir Valinia's "Flashes" ,in all, was a
pretty good movie to watch. It flowed very well from beginning to
end with subtle humor, inside jokes and, of course the use of a
camera drone to capture some beautiful shots that, at one time,
would have cost quite a bit of money to accomplish with a helicopter.
The story, itself, was interesting in that the viewer really had to
participate in keeping up with complexities of having several
subplots and twists. And, like any good movie, the music pushed this
movie rather well and setting the tone for a dramatic ending.
by Theta Catalon, Mr. Valinia, Ron Finberg and Barry Strickland the
team is the recipients of the Houston Filmmakers Matching Grant as
part of the Mayor's Film Task Force. The Mayor of the City of
Houston Mayor Elise Parker, through a Proclamation, declared May 8th
to be "Flashes" day. And, marking "Flashes" as
the City of Houston's first Funded Motion Picture.
News & Entertainment Magazine was invited to both premieres and
rated this movie using the TSIRS. "Flashes" rated a
strong 4.6 out of 5 stars on the TSIRS.
Company: AV1 Productions and T-Cat Films
Producers: Theta Catalon, Sammy Huen, Barry Strickland and Amir
Matt Keith and Ron Finberg
Producers: Bonny Boaz, Mark Clark, Andrew Henderson and Justin Seyb
May 8th 2014 at the AMC Studio 30-Dunvale Theater, Houston, Texas
premiere: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at the Alamo
Drafthouse-Vintage Park, Houston Texas.
time: Approx: 101-minutes
by: Sammy Huen
Design by: Michelle Howe
Design by: Haley Hussey
by: Angela Mendoza, Cheryl Stell, Kimberly Haro and Analise Corbin
Manager: Theta Catalon
Sammy Huen, Victor Nguyen and Kent Ohler
by: Demetria Dixon and Lorie Mitchell
Ruth Villatoro, Courtney Sandifer
Supervisor: Julie Randolph, Scott Carr
Donny Boaz, Elle LaMont, Christopher Judge, Tom Sizemore, Natalie
Wilemon, Johnny Walter, Danny Kamin, Deke Anderson, Paula Solinger,
Joe Grisaffi, Lance Henry, Erin Reed, Keavy Bradley, Lee Stringer,
AnnMarie Giaquinto, Dimitrius Pulido, Chirag Patel, Anthony
Nickerson, Cara Cochran, Lydia Martinez, Theta Catalon, Haley Hussey
and Joseph Love.
Event Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/lr77cvp
H.Luna October 23rd, 2014