Blues Ain't Nothin' But (2016)

E'moni is challenged to do the right thing when an unexpected turn of events interrupts their fun filled weekend road trip and in doing so she must reckon with the truth of who her friends really are.

Director:

Ashok Gazula (as Ashok Vardhan)

Writers:

Ashok Gazula (as Ashok Vardhan), San-San Onglatco (as San San Onglatco)
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Cast

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Sean McBride ... Mike Howard
Shaunte Tabb ... E'Moni Jones
Danilo Koenig ... Armando Leñero
Anthony Bratts ... Cyclist
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E'moni is challenged to do the right thing when an unexpected turn of events interrupts their fun filled weekend road trip and in doing so she must reckon with the truth of who her friends really are.

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In January 2017, 'Blues Ain't Nothin' But' was awarded as Best Student Film in Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, in India. See more »

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A straight story for a straight film
1 March 2017 | by hlc-cicffSee all my reviews

A fun-filled weekend trip with three friends is interrupted by an unexpected turn of events. These lead E'moni, the female member of the trio, to discover the truth of who her friends really are when they have to face the challenge of being altruistic or individualistic, to preserve their self-interests. Somewhere away from 'civilization', on an arid and distant road in the desert of California.

A straight story for a straight film. Of course we can always try to discover metaphors and highlight ideas, for whatever reasons, and say that they are surreptitiously inscribed in the film. But does it really matter? As a student project, it seems that Indian filmmaker Ashok Gazula did not want more. It's just the fun of telling a story; about the 'circle of life', as he says, with irreproachable filming skills. This does not mean that it is an experimental work. On the contrary, this is a movie to take seriously. The fact that it is only a student project, as the director states; everything in it respects what is expected from a cinematographic work.

At this level, the production and mixing of sound, in which Ashok is a specialist, is frankly admirable, as well as the frantic way he positions the cameras, as if he wanted to show the action under all every possible point of views of the protagonists, simultaneously, which requires excellent planning skills and technical control on the set.

We should not hide, however, that Ashok's aesthetic sense may be arguable, or that some overacting in few moments may disturb the audience's commitment to the film. Still, the final result is remarkable and makes us foresee the future path of this young filmmaker that certainly will be interesting to follow.

Victor Eustaquio/Cult Critic/CICFF


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