WHEELS to Hit Theaters on 9/12
The 114 minute controversial feature film titled, WHEELS, highlighting the friendship of two paraplegic men fighting both physical and mental demons, is slated to premiere September 12 in major US markets. The movie stars writer/co-director/producer Donavon Thomas, Patrick Hume and Diana Gettinger. WHEELS is a Loaded Dice Films, LLC production co-directed by Donavon Thomas and Timothy Gagliardo. Noteworthy is that the ambitious production of this extraordinary film was a labor of love from the entire film community, shot in Los Angeles with a crew of over 250 people. See the WHEELS trailer here.
WHEELS WHEELS is a dark humored drama that follows the story of Mickey (Donavon Thomas), a paraplegic bent on suicide. He can't seem to kill himself no matter how hard he tries. In the middle of a bar fight he meets a homeless paraplegic junkie named Drake (played by Patrick Hume). Striking up a semi-humorous conversation, Mickey asks Drake to shoot him in the head for $500. What follows is the birth of an unlikely friendship, a journey back to the source of their troubles and a love interest for Mickey. In a lonely world filled with both physical and mental trauma, violence and lies, WHEELS explores subjects such as mental abuse, family dysfunction, drug abuse, domestic violence and the seduction of death. The film's outcome will surprise many and disturb many more.
Fascination With Death/Society's Taboos According to Thomas, the idea to write and direct WHEELS is about his lifelong fascination with death and other never fully discussed taboos. The movie begins with Mickey in the ocean, saying, "I always wondered what death was like." Thomas considers it amazing that certain subjects such as mental and physical abuse, suicide, drug abuse and prostitution remain largely unexplored. "As a society, we talk about the dangers of texting more than why many of our teenagers commit suicide," says Thomas. "I wanted to explore how people process physical and mental abuse, guilt, the choice to die, as well as what elements make life worth living."