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Beyond Baroque

681 Venice Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Feature Film In Competition

October 6th 6:20pm - 7:45pm
Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd Venice Ca,90291

Proxy Kill

Director: Kyle Downes

A survivor of violent crime descends into a world of murder and lies when he partners with a woman claiming to be his confidant for her own nefarious gains.

Key Cast:Charlie Babcock,Mandy Amano

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A good ‘noir’ is hard to find. That’s a principal that applies both to the content and characters within a story as well as the challenge of crafting a noir. There are elements that convey intent and a short hand that gets the job done but at it’s core there should be a sense of darkness to it all that gives you a good dose of closure but leaves the big questions for you to decide the answers.
That's the world of femme fatales and anti-heroes that live on the wrong side of everything. It’s a place few of us get to tread but has always held an interest for as long as stories have been told or at least since the serpent in the garden tempted the woman to betray humanity with original sin (or knowledge depending on your mythology point of view). Thrust out into the no man’s land of the world we stumble along and hope for guidance or sign posts along the way to avoid the mistakes of others or relish in our own accomplishments for having better insight… or maybe foresight, more accurately. That’s part of the delight of a good noir. Bad leads to worse. No one gets an easy out. And if it’s happy why should we even care as there’s nothing left to learn. PROXY KILL lives in this world.
Spending a better part of time in old dime-store pulp novels from the likes of David Goodis, Jim Thompson, Dasheill Hammett and even more contemporary creators like Cormac McCarthy or James Elroy, I brought PROXY KILL into the shadow land to offer a peek at what we don’t necessarily want to confront in ourselves but might need to know before it’s too late. The protagonist, Scott, already on a downturn in his life when we first meet him is tempted and wooed by the shadowy woman O who promises him a path of vengeance and a closure to the world that came before. Of course things progress into a much darker and more violent place then Scott ever expects and it’s there on his journey that questions about letting our past memories define us and ignoring the lies we’re confronted with that bring repercussions that will shape our future. We all face demons on our path and sometimes it can be good to watch others be overtaken by there’s lest we fall into the same trap.
At the end of the day the closure we bring from one story can have the effect of opening up questions to the darker side of what we face in our life. Ultimately the answers are up to us. For now let the guiding light bring you to a place of ‘noir’ with PROXY KILL.



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