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Micro-Budget Film "Defcon 2012" Becomes an International Hit
With a budget of only $36,000, the experimental, micro-budget film has become a surprise hit thanks to foreign distribution. Produced by Brian Shotwell and directed by R. Christian Anderson, the film has steadily climbed to number 225 on IMDb.
The story was an idea from writer and producer Brian Shotwell, who wanted to write a science fiction take on the Mayan calendar prediction about the end of the world in December, 2012. He recruited colleagues in and around the Palm Springs area and they put the project together with Anderson as the director. "It was a labor of love for him and I'm grateful to him since this became my feature film directing debut. I also liked the cryptic nature of the story and that only a true devotee of that genre has the patience, attention span and fortitude to de-code the storyline. I just read another review who gave it a couple of stars, but admitted they fast-forwarded through the DVD. Unless you watch and pay attention, you're not going to get the hidden clues in the story. I love the idea the 'monster' of the story is really an analogy for a more complex entity. It's sort of a rubix cube wrapped up as a story." Anderson had to move onto other projects and was unavailable to return for the "wrap-around"
The film also features some dazzling special effects, especially those by artists Frank Panucci and Justin Doucette, respectively. Filming was done in a long closed and boarded-up shopping mall in downtown Palm Springs, which will soon be renovated. Upon completion, the film was seen at Cannes Film Festival's Le Marché du Film. A short time later it won "Best Science-Fiction Feature Film" at the "New York International Independent Film Festival" last year.
The film had a brief theatrical release in the United States, but ironically, it is the sub-titled and re-dubbed foreign versions that are making the film a mega-hit. The foreign market has embraced the film, story and narrative and it's skyrocketing on IMDb's popularity chart. Almost unheard of for a film with such a slight budget. A BluRay version was just released in the Germany and in the United Kingdom, the film was actually retitled "2012: Armageddon". Director R. Christian Anderson's newest film is "Unlimited", which is being shot this summer. It stars Taylor Negon, Rachel Alig, Cody Cowell, Gerry O'Brien, and Forbes Riley.