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A young military cadet struggles to understand the difference between masculinity and violence.

  • Michael Hyon Johnson
  • Michael Hyon Johnson
  • Ryan James Lim
  • Jason Rodriguez
  • Tommie Russell
    Key Cast
  • Jordan Schneider
    Key Cast
  • Cecilian Soghikian
    Key Cast
  • Austen Rey
    Key Cast
  • JB Chimaobi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Military, Coming of Age, Teen, Student, short, film, drama, father, son, family
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Michael Hyon Johnson

Michael Hyon Johnson (Harabek) is most notable for the cult webseries, "Pre-Game Lobby" which debuted on in 2008. He famously credits this art form as a valid form of expression for underprivileged filmmakers and garnered over eight million cumulative views without the use of animation or traditional cinematography.

As of 2016, Harabek’s work has spanned over thirty short films, commercial videos and skits. After serving in the USAF Michael becamse the co-founder of the production teams, “Phantom Drive” and "Bad Pixels Productions" both based in Denver, Colorado.

He is currently earning an MFA in Cinematography at Chapman University.

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Director Statement

I was born on Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA - my father is a former active Marine DI and I later enlisted into the military to follow in his footsteps. Masculinity is something that I continue to struggle to be define after years of being surrounded in a patriarchal and hyper-masculine world. Stoicism, barbarism, and even ultra-violence are brought to the immediate forefront when asked, "what makes a man"? AXIOS is a coming of age all too familiar for any male teen. Unrealistic expectations of bravado, strength, and emotional detachment result in cold, unattached young men.

I spent most of my childhood and early twenties faithful to a military bravado and stoicism that inhibited me from connecting to others on a sincere and personal level. I was inspired to create a sample of what might happen to a young mind if not properly guided by a positive father figure.

AXIOS is the result of what happens when an impressionable youth creates his own conclusions of what manhood looks like when not guided by the men and women who surround him.