la Chasse (2018)

If you’re not the hunter, you’re the prey

A night out turns deadly when the unexpected happens, revealing a dark web woven through the night, entangling everything. A web inspired by ancient blood rites, promises of prosperity, murder, and revenge!

Directed by: Rob Bowen
Written by: Rob Bowen
Starring: Sara Balakrishnan, Brent Wilkerson & Jake Zindorf
Also Starring: Kat Dowell, Cliff Cage, Christina Kaiser
With: Angie Bowen, Chloe Carr, Halston-Ashley Seeley, & Dom Rough

Director’s Notes

I like to play with various genre conventions and tropes when I am writing, always hoping to subvert them in fun and unexpected ways when I can, and la Chasse presented me with a unique opportunity in that vein. Here was essentially what could be a Rape Revenge thriller but with the sexual nature of the violation being removed (the only way those stories are digestible for me), and with as much of the typical male gaze that drives those stories also being removed, or at least, brought in but not in the exploitative ways it usually is. And you can’t deal with rape as a theme and not address or deal with its underlying cause, patriarchy. Continue reading

The Magician (2015)

A magician never reveals his secrets…

Directed by: Rob Bowen
Written by: Rob Bowen
Starring: Mark Lutinski and Chris Medina

Director’s Notes

‘The Magician’ was an extremely exciting project for a number of reasons. Not only was it our first Hitchcockian thriller, and our first short film of 2015, but it was also the first film I have worked with make-up effects! When an old friend I had been out of touch with for a couple of years reached out to me via Facebook mentioning he was doing make-up and prosthetics and wanted to work with me once again in our new lives and capacities, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. The new semester’s Film Studies classes had given me a lot of new insights into Hitchcock and the techniques he would use in his films (from the identity uncertain being draped in gray and overall meaningful use of wardrobe color choice, to the psychologically tense scoring instrumentation over music, even the MacGuffin itself) and so I wanted to work in the same waters and homage his masterful storytelling with a tense short film.

Enter ‘The Magician’. Continue reading