There is no specific Echo Park subtext or even text in the independent film Reversion, so Chicken Corner will coax forward some EP texture: A pair of men with bows and arrows sprinting down an Elysian Heights street, quiet as owls in flight -- again and again -- while my daughter and I watch in the background. We may even have stumbled into one of the shots (sorry!). The whole scene was surreal, and the audience experience is intended to be, too (if my interpretation is correct). Reversion was written and directed by my friend Mia Trachinger, who wrote and directed Bunny, which won a Maverick Spirit Award and an Independent Spirit nomination, among other honors. Reversion will world premiere at Sundance 2008.
LA Times summarizes:
In a world in which the past, present and future simultaneously unfold, a woman whose genetic mutation leaves her devoid of morality struggles to preserve her romance with the man she loves.
Pesonal-connection disclaimer and boast: some scenes were shot in my front yard, where they set off bombs, landed helicopters, lit fires and shouted a lot... Just kidding. The scenes were unaided by helicopters and pyrotechnics etc. They were as low-impact as could be. Unlike the Dreamworks nightmare (couldn't resist the cheap pun!) opening in Elysian Park this coming weekend.
Other film locations included Hollywood and the beach.