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Man Underground

International Premiere
  • USA
  • 2015
  • 92 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Hosted by Co-Writers/Co-Directors Michael Borowiec & Sam Marine

Official Selection: Cinequest 2016

Man Underground - Trailer (2016) from MillenniumBlonde on Vimeo.

Former geologist and current divorcee Willem Koda is a UFO conspiracy theorist. Or, is he just uniquely well informed? Whatever the case, based on firsthand observations, he’s certain that the U.S. government is actively hiding extraterrestrial lifeforms. Willem decides that the most assured way to get the word out to the general population would be to make a no-budget DIY film with the help of various neighbourhood friends and acquaintances. He opts to star in it himself and before long, his film also becomes a strange depiction of the events that led to his marriage falling apart, tracing the route to the neurotic and possibly brilliant misfit he is today. As Willem stares into the abyss of his past, something much darker and more sinister begins to come out. Willem may actually be in very serious danger.

The latest gem to emerge from the loose U.S. wave of personal indie genre visions of recent years that includes such singular works as THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE, BELLFLOWER and RESOLUTION, MAN UNDERGROUND is a very uncomfortable film. A sometimes funny, sometimes frightening work of intense paranoid drama with chilling elements of sci-fi and an incredible lead performance from FLAKED’s George Basil. MAN UNDERGROUND also spikes as a cautionary tale about emotionally fragile filmmakers making cripplingly personal works, initially playing quirky before going into significantly more skin-crawling places with a heartbreaking sense of whimsicality and possible magic that makes for a truly haunting experience. A very special film that instantly announces its co-writing/directing team of Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine as major new talents to watch. In fact, you won’t be able to look away.

— Mitch Davis