Michael Bilandic's HELLAWARE to Hit Theaters 9/26
HELLAWARE, written and directed by Michael M. Bilandic and starring Keith Poulson with Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil and newcomer Brent Butler, will be out theatrically and on VOD via Factory 25 on September 26, 2014.
HELLAWARE gently satirizes the world of high-brow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the "incestuous, New York, socialite shit" that sells at prominent art galleries, Nate (Keith Poulson) embarks on a quest for a more authentic brand of contemporary art. When a coked-up YouTube search leads to a music video from Delawarean Goth rappers Young Torture Killers, an Insane Clown Posse knock-off, Nate knows he's found his subjects. He soon drags his friend-with-benefits Bernadette (Sophia Takal) to rural Delaware to shoot the group playing in their parents' basement. To "immerse himself" in the group's culture and add an extra layer of realism to his work, Nate befriends the rappers and makes return trips to get to know them. But as his relationship with group develops, he becomes increasingly aware that, while you can take the boy out of the art world, you can't take the art world out of the boy.
About star Keith Poulson: Keith Poulson is a New York City-based musician, actor and filmmaker. He has spent several years working behind the scenes in the sound, casting and camera departments for independent filmmakers such as Andrew Bujalski, Joe Swanberg and Bob Byington. As an actor, he has now worked with Byington on three films, including the most recent "Somebody Up There Likes Me", co-starring Nick Offerman, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. He can be seen in Alex Karpovsky's "Red Flag" and Alex Ross Perry's "The Color Wheel" if you don't blink too fast. Upcoming acting appearances include the HBO project "The Traditions" and the short film collection "Intimate Semaphores." Poulson is also a touring multi-instrumentalist for the New York-based bands Bishop Allen and Air Waves. Keith will next be seen in Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Phillip" opposite Jason Schwartzman.