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Bunny Boy

A day in the life of a mute as he wanders through his town that never fully recovered from a devastating tornado 45 years earlier, and the others that still call it home.

  • Travis Darkow
    Director
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Travis Darkow
    Writer
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Travis Darkow
    Producer
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Chris Isaacson
    Producer
  • Chris Isaacson
    Key Cast
    “Bunny Boy”
  • Travis Darkow
    Key Cast
    “Cowboy”
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Casen Isaacson
    Key Cast
    “Kid”
  • Travis Darkow
    Cinematography
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Travis Darkow
    Editing
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Travis Darkow
    Sound Editing
    The Denier - REEL 1: Fun in the Sun, The Denier - REEL 2: Day at the Beach, Goodbye Tomorrow, Roadside, A Pursuit Most Putrid, REZZUREKT, Bad Blood, Deadcember, Elizabeth, Silence in the Aftermath, Snow Blind, Synapse, October Scout
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mockumentary, Documentary, Fan Film, Feature, Black Comedy, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Day in the Life, Gummo, Experimental, Arthouse
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Travis Darkow

My name is Travis Darkow, I was born in Bremerton, Washington, where I currently live with my wife and our two dogs, Jax and Laika. I have had a passion for writing and creating since I was very young. I was always writing stories, usually about aliens or monsters, or making my own little comic books. As I got older I never stopped writing, all through school I took as many writing courses as I could and my passion only grew over the years. I enjoy all aspects of writing. I write poetry, I love writing and playing music, and have written fifty to a hundred original songs. I have about a dozen or so children's books that I have written as well. My greatest passion though is film. I absolutely fell in love with movies when I was a kid, and found that my absolute favorite thing in the world is writing and directing films. I've written, directed and edited around two dozen short films since the seventh grade, and in June 2019 I completed my first feature length horror/sci-fi film called Goodbye Tomorrow. I am currently writing and directing short and feature length original films, as well as developing an ever expanding list of original pilots and feature length screenplays that I have been hard at work writing. Crafting stories and creating whole new worlds that didn't exist before has always brought me much joy. It is truly my favorite thing in the world and I will never stop creating.

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Director Statement

When I was thirteen years old, I remember hanging out in my brothers old apartment playing video games while his friends smoked weed and laughed about dumb things. Over the course of spending time in that apartment, I vaguely recall seeing a film that would stick with me for years to come. That film was called Gummo. My brothers girlfriend at the time raved about this movie, and so I saw fragments of it here and there, and recall being so affected by how raw and seemingly real it all was, that I couldn't stop thinking about it, and how aggressively bizarre and eerie it was to my young brain. The years rolled on and I forgot about the film, until recently. For whatever reason, Gummo popped into my head, and took me right back to that feeling. It my head though, the film was just a hazy recollection of what my impressions of it were at the time. I decided to read into the film, and into writer/director Harmony Korine, and his way of making movies. I ordered a copy of the film and watched it with more adult eyes, and finally understood why it became such a cult classic. The irreverence and tone of the film is so steadfast in its approach of doing what it wants to do, and not really caring whether you understand it or not, which baffled me, in the best way. I love how Harmony Korine makes films that are more about feelings and emotions of what they frames themselves can make you feel, rather than conveying an easily understood message or narrative. After viewing Gummo again, I felt an intense compulsion to venture out and pen my own love letter to Gummo, Harmony Korine, and his wonderfully weird irreverence, and so I made Bunny Boy. It follows the character of Bunny Boy from Gummo, who is now an adult, still living in his hometown that never fully recovered from a tornado 45 years prior. It takes place 22 years after the events of Gummo, and It also features a couple of adult versions of other characters, as well as a strange amalgam of people, events, and references to the source material.