The Power of the Strike

One totally f***ed up night in a bowling alley.

  • Dima Barch
  • Dima Barch
  • Dima Barch
  • Daniel Lazarev
  • Tomas Roldan
  • Robert Milan Knorr
    Key Cast
  • Nate Stearns
    Key Cast
    "Number 1"
  • Alex Lee
    Key Cast
    "Number 2"
  • Grego Belau
    Key Cast
  • John Adams
    Key Cast
    "Policeman 1"
  • Dima Barch
    Key Cast
    "Policeman 2 "
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Action, Queer
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Monster Fest
    October 21, 2023
    World Premiere
  • Soho Horror Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 25, 2023
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Dima Barch

Dima Barch was born in 1998 (Moscow). He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University as a journalist and almost finished High School of Economics as a filmmaker. Dima used to be a film journalist and critic for more than nine years. His essays were published in GQ, Esquire, Forbes, Iskusstvo Kino, etc. Dima had to flee his homeland because of being prosecuted.

As a huge genre-film lover and openly gay, he made his short film debut with Dead End, a queer horror, which had a North American Premiere at Beyond Fest and a UK Premiere at London Short Film Festival (LSFF). Also, it was selected by more than fifteen international film festivals, including Panic Fest, Morbido Fest, and Salem Horror Fest.

Recently Dima was named a recipient of the George A. Romero Film Fellowship, receiving the mentorship of Carter Smith (The Ruins, Jamie Marks is Dead, Swallowed). He also graduated from NAFF Fantastic Film School in 2023.

His feature script called Absence was a part of European Genre Forum 2022, and the WIP section of Brussels Genre Film Market.

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Director Statement

That's a kinda impossible movie to shoot (with almost no money, in Berlin, where I knew just a few people before the filming started, and on post-production from all over the world) stemmed from such a strong desire to make something with my friends and a bunch of crazy enthusiasts, to celebrate my favorite punk rock filmmakers (oh, hi, George A. Romero, Gregg Araki, James Wan, Leigh Whannell, NWR, Joe Begos, Panos Kosmatos, Carter Smith as my mentor, for sure, and many more), and to talk about the queer perspective on thriller and horror genres, and on the nowadays ultra-right bullshit increasing. Yes, we all need to get this perspective more and more times!

Hope that absolute gay, fun, and gory ride will find its place on this very mad planet and in the true queer horror comedy fans' hearts. And then I'll get the opportunity to extend this chaos to an amazing, shocking feature film!