Sunshine Underground

A harried agent from a chaos regime befriends a rogue activist in order to subvert a rebellion.

  • Max Eugene
  • Jorge Castaneda
    Teppy Shorts (2013)
  • Jorge Castaneda
    Teppy Shorts (2013)
  • Max Eugene
    Teppy Shorts (2013)
  • Brad Culver
    Key Cast
    Extraction (2012)
  • Shauna Bloom
    Key Cast
    Memoria (2015)
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Neo-noir, Drama, Surrealist, Animation
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic, Canon 5D
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Max Eugene

Max Eugene is Haitian-American, raised partially in Brooklyn. Eugene studied Philosophy, Theaters Arts and Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and earned his MFA in Performance at CalArts where he gained notoriety as a standout in experimental theater and movement technique. In addition to years of production experience, he is an accomplished educator and facilitator. He is the former Interim Academic Director of Studies and Academic Year Coordinator at the reputable EC Los Angeles Language Center. A rare mix of Zen and rapture, Max loves Kung Fu, Philosophy, Dance/Theater, Sports, Scrabble, Dominoes, and Vanilla Ice Cream. He is currently in pre-production for two documentaries and a set of films, all slated for a 2019 release. Eugene has also been a member of the Big Show Co., an LA dance-theater company since 2011.

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Praise for SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND by Dr. Robert Gross

“If I were to group it with 'kindred spirits,' they would be lyric and even musical. I would put it with the projective verse of Charles Olson, the field poems of Robert Duncan, H.D. and Ezra Pound. It is composed of hints and fragments, shards of dark fantasies and regrets, the repeated presence of the unsaid, enigmas again and again coming into view briefly and then passing out of sight. A world of continual change and metamorphoses, as if after a catastrophe had blown up any privileged post of observation. ‘These fragments I have shored against my ruins’ — near the end of T.S. Eliot's the Waste Land came to mind.”

(Dr. Robert Gross studied Aaron Sorkin's 1993 thriller “Malice,” a neo-noir film renowned for its unique style. The movie, starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman, treated audiences to a mind-bending series of red herrings, plot twists and bizarre situations. Gross, details how the film subtly manipulates clichéd plot devices to keep the audience on their toes. “It's something of a bizarre paper,” says Gross, “but then, it's something of a bizarre film.” Gross holds a doctorate in comparative literature and theater from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.)

“Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television Series,” essay by Dr. Robert Gross. Edited by Thomas Fahy. McFarland Press 2005