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Black Rock or Bust

Three friends on a road trip from Toronto to Burning Man must band together and overcome their beat-up old car.

  • Brendan Brady
  • Brendan Brady
  • Brendan Brady
  • Julian Hacquebard
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Brendan Brady
    Key Cast
  • Conor Fisher
    Director of Photography
  • Simone Smith
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    comedy, road trip
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
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  • Calgary International Film Festival
    September 24, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, North Carolina
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    American Premiere
Director Biography - Brendan Brady

A 2014 resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Producers’ Lab, Brendan Brady is multifaceted filmmaker working as a producer, director, writer and actor. He has most recently line produced the feature film, "Don't Talk To Irene" and is currently developing two feature films including the feature version of Black Rock or Bust.

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Director Statement

Black Rock or Bust is based on my experience's of road tripping from Toronto, Canada to Burning Man in the Nevada desert, some four thousand kilometres away.

While Burning Man was expectedly amazing, the trials and tribulations of being on the road in a broke-down car, testing our friendship everyday, made reaching the gates of Black Rock City a profound experience. I think everyone who has chosen adventures with their friends can relate to high stress situations. It's the way friendship is handled in these make or break moments that I am interested in exploring.

Black Rock or Bust showcases one of the pivotal moments on the journey to Burning Man which I hope to explore further in the feature version.