Friday, September 23, 2022

Hustle Beach (2022) - Indie Buddy Comedy about Dreams and Friendship

Life can be tough on anyone, but in Hustle Beach, it is particularly tough on four individuals, who are also great friends. Each of them has a range of problems, starting with their careers, families, relationships, and much more. But, as the pressures keep mounting, one of them has a great idea: he wants them all to move to a brand new country and start a big venture from scratch.

The same venture is a new record company, but things look like they won't be a pushover in Mexico either. However, the main character, Derek, is determined to make it big in the beautiful Puerto Lisco.

Directed by Mitchell McDowell, the film is a snappy comedy that uses the familiar buddy format but places it in a completely new place - a foreign country. Here, the same group of friends will enter just as hilarious situations as they did back home. All of this takes place as they strive to turn their lives into something better, which is something anyone in the audience can connect with.

If you're up for some good laughs and beautiful scenery of Mexican beaches, check out Hustle Beach on its Facebook page, IMDb page, but also watch it now on Tubi, where the same film is currently streaming!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Romeo Yusupov - Powerful Short Documentary


The story of Romeo Yusupov is a tale of difficulties and never-ending challenges. It begins in his family's home in Chechnya, before the outbreak of the war in the early 1990s. A Russian missile strike destroys the same home, forcing the family to a journey over Pakistan, where Romeo was born, and then eventually to New Zealand. At a young age, Romeo became a citizen of the country, after his parents sacrificed a lot to provide the family with a new safe place to live. 

Unfortunately, Romeo's personal and professional struggles were only beginning. Those issues covered anorexia, depression, bullying, physical assaults, thoughts of self-harm, and even a full-on kidnapping on a trip to Pakistan. However, in the depth of despair, Romeo decided to turn his life around. Through concerted effort and hard work, he began a modeling career and eventually reached international stardom, as well as becoming the CEO of Weight Loss Mums.

The short documentary explores the incredible life of Romeo Yusupov in a layered approach. That includes actual photos and footage of the man himself, as well as a range of montages and stock elements that showcase the same, often harrowing, personal story. This is followed by a perfectly scored musical track and a powerful narration, showcasing together Romeo's struggles and resilience. The ending in particular brings the whole movie to a strong and poignant closure.

Inspirational and touching, the story of this short documentary dives deep into the personal life of its main character. It takes its viewers on a hard journey that is often difficult to watch, but which still ends up as a work that will connect with countless individuals across the world.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Ring - A Touching Indie Short coming to the Shockfest Film Festival

Will true love overcome the ultimate loss? That is the question that the short film called The Ring, produced by Lionel Stive and Armand Lopez, asks the audience and does it in a very gentle, melancholic, and moving manner. The same short film opens with a tragic passing of a young woman, witnessed by a man who is the love of her life. In the time that ensues, the same man tries to get to grips with the same tragic loss, knowing that their wedding ring could bring her back, at least in his mind.

The Ring approaches its somber topic in a very effective and emphatic manner. The audience can feel the environments where the film takes place, no matter if these are sloping meadows and their beautiful, lush nature, or the empty spaces of a home that no longer houses two people, but only one. This, along with a perfectly crafted soundtrack offers an insight into a world of a man who is heartbroken. The same is something you can feel in every frame and every conversation. But, ultimately, The Ring promises a chance for change and for things to get better, which is a very important message.

Thanks to its clear quality and the ability to connect with people, the same short film will appear at the Shockfest Film Festival. Here, the audience will be able to see it and experience the touching story for themselves. It is also more than certain that The Ring will appear at many other festivals as well in the coming months!