Deal_Travis_In_poster_700What would you give to see a long gone loved one?

For the change to see his missing daughter again, Travis knows exactly what he’s willing to give, but ends up losing more than he planned. After the presumed death of his daughter, her body mysteriously disappeared.  Spurred by his desire to discover what happened to his daughter, Travis enters the world of the supernatural at the cost of his freedom and the life of a stranger.

The spiritual follow-up to Vivienne Again, Deal Travis In follows Travis, a man dealing with the death of his daughter.  On the down and out, Travis doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. Travis seems to be living it rough in the basement beneath an apartment building. His belongings strewn about in typical squatter fashion, he seems to have taken the death and disappearance of his daughter very hard.  When we first see Travis, he is pouring over his possessions, clinging to his memories of her through pictures and visions.

Travis is ripped back to reality however when he is found by a mysterious man who offers him a chance to see his daughter again. The man empathizes with Travis, his own daughter’s body disappearing after her death.  He tells Travis that this phenomena has been happening all over the city and that they can be the ones to stop it.  More than a little dubious, Travis follows the man and is shown through an apartment building with marked doors. It is in one of these rooms that Travis is given the power that can help him find his daughter, and he is introduced to the mysterious group called Bloodhounds.

Deal_Travis_In_Travis over bodyDeal Travis In continues the Resurrection trilogy by showing us a little more of the mysterious Bloodhound group that we caught a glimpse at Vivienne’s funeral home.  Little more than a group of ill-mannered punks in Vivienne Again, this film shows us a bit of the motivations behind some of the Bloodhound members as well as their supernatural abilities which lend credence to their names.

The movie stars Nick Sandow as the down and out Travis and Chris Kipiniak as Carlo, the mysterious man with an offer for Travis.  Both Sandow and Kipiniak are established actors, Sandow having been in Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and Boardwalk Empire; and Kipiniak having been in Law and Order as well as a handful of short films.  Both these actors bring a  high level of experience and to their roles; Sandow seems to play the tortured father with ease and Kipiniak plays the mysterious Carlo with the right level of ‘mystery’ to make the character deep rather than simply being the instigator for Travis’s change.

Directed and written by Kim Garland, who fulfilled the same roles for Vivienne Again, Deal Travis In gives us a continued view of the growth of a director.  As only the second film in which she’s been credited as both Writer and Director, Garland has worked with a new set of talent on the same set of creative content and proves to be more than capable in delivering a captivatingly supernatural story.  While her dialogue for male characters seems stilted at times, specifically the opening scene, the performances by Sandow and Kipiniak do much to lend believability and gravity to the scenes. Pieces of the Resurrection trilogy universe seep into the story in pleasantly exciting places including an ending that turns the series around for the viewer, giving us new perspective.

Deal_Travis_In_carlo_in_basementIan Choplick returns as Director of Photography, working this time with the RedScarlet, a camera highly sought after and coveted by industry professionals and budding filmmakers alike. As with his work in Vivienne Again, Choplick gives us a beautiful image throughout. From basements to city streets, everything is lit naturally, though on occasion I found the lighting of the scene clashed with the emotion of the scene.  In one particularly striking scene between Travis and Carlo in the apartment building, the diffused lighting definitely seemed to limit the tenseness of the scene.

Minor gripes aside, Deal Travis In is excellent and the connections between it and Vivienne Again are extremely well done. While each movies’ set of characters is unique, the ties through the supernatural elements in resurrection/reanimation do a wonderful job of tying everything together. With only one more short film left in the Resurrection trilogy, my only fear is that we won’t get enough of this universe.  The mystery of these Resurrections, the Bloodhounds, Travis’s quest to find his daughter, Vivienne who (as far as I know) is still back outside that funeral home; all these are questions that I fear one more short film won’t have the answers for.  Either way, this series has me hooked and I’m on board till the end.

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“But Zander,” you ask, “Where can I watch these short films?”  Well let me tell ya the obvious, kid. Indy films are quite the challenge to get your hands on. Deal Travis In is slated for release at the NY Shorts Festival on May 30 into the mix with a handful of other short films for a night of films. If you’re in the area and care to stop by, tickets are already on sale and in limited supply. Ah, the limited release problems of independent filmmaking. If that showing is an impossibility, both Vivienne Again and Deal Travis In will be (or ‘is’, in the case of Vivienne Again) available through Distrify, where you can watch it for a dollar or buy it for two, as well as on IndieFlix.  Either way, check out this trilogy-in-the-making for some of the best ongoing supernatural science fiction in indie filmmaking.

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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