I plan on releasing a new project every month 2012. Some of these will be big projects like novels and films, but most will be small projects like short stories and short films. Some will be new projects I have in the works now, others will be older projects I’ve worked on in the past.
The first release of the year, which will be released on Friday, January 13, is a full-length independent film.
Before I was a novelist, I was a filmmaker. Inspired by guys like Robert Rodriguez and Shane Carruth, I set out to make my first feature without a crew when I was just 18 years old.
The movie was called Gunslinger, P.I. It was a script I had written a year prior, about a cowboy who gets warped through 100 years of time and space by a meteor and becomes a world-renowned private investigator with an ex-con for a partner and a talking car for a girlfriend. The film follows five days of his life as he attempts to locate a murderer for a mob boss who is pretending to be Irish for some reason.
Here’s a trailer. I should warn you (as I often seem to be doing) it contains a lot of strong language:
Needless to say, it’s a bit of an unusual film. Blending the genres of Western, film noir, sci-fi, and fantasy, Gunslinger, P.I. is a very dry, offbeat comedy, drawing its inspiration from Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino.
The film isn’t a masterpiece. I was 18 years old at the time, had very little knowledge about filmmaking, and I acted as writer, director, producer, editor, lead actor, and director of photography. Still, I’ve always been proud of it and most of the people who have watched it have had a lot of fun.
It was played theatrically only once, in May 2008. Two hundred people filled the auditorium and laughed and cheered wildly. They had a hell of a good time. Film festivals have never been very excited about the project, and we never sold many copies on Amazon, so this month I’ll be making it available to stream for free.