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Jack Turbo

An aging tv star spends his days watching the action show that made him famous, until a local kid wedges herself into his life.

  • Darcy Thompson
  • Genevieve Scott
  • Andrew DeNatale
    Director of Photography
  • Isabelle Seaman
    Key Cast
  • Bradley Rhodes
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Drama
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    2K Arri Alexa Classic
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Director Biography - Darcy Thompson

Darcy Thompson was born in New York City, in 1997, to an actor and a social worker. He grew up in a quiet New Jersey town and has now moved back to New York in his 20s pursuing film.

His childhood was filled with movies shown to him by his father. These movies had been the same movies his father had seen as a child. The two soon developed a bond built around this mutual love of cinema. The films of the 80s stood out in particular, notably coming of age and adventure movies such as Stand by Me, The Breakfast Club, or science fiction classics like Blade Runner and Brazil.

As an adult, Darcy has found his way back to New York where he's been working hard to tell stories that speak to what it means to grow up, be a hero, and embrace life.

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Director Statement

Jack Turbo is the culmination of a lifelong obsession with the 80s, science fiction, and the show business that intersects with both. It is a love letter to a style of storytelling that favored over the top set pieces and renegade heroes.

It is also very much a self-reflection. When writing Jack Turbo, I had just returned from a semester studying at FAMU in Prague. There I had realized that my love of hero stories had mutated into an unhealthy need to be the hero of my own life story. Grappling with this lead to accepting that no one is immune from needing help. This became the core philosophy of Turbo.

Throughout the film we see a man who is dogged by his past. At the same time he also battles a cultural pressure, of men being told not to accept help. He shuts out the world of today in favor of this idealized past to save himself from change. But it's the child that enters his life who inadvertently upends that. Her presence is one of youth and chaos but inevitability of growth. Sharing ourselves and the things we love with the people in our lives is no weakness, but is perhaps our greatest strength.