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MAGNALUX MYSTERY THEATRE PRESENTS: A Lotus 'Til Reckoning

A LOTUS 'TIL RECKONING (2015)

Directed by DAVID McELFRESH

Starring KATHLEEN McELFRESH, LORENZO PISONI, KIMBERLY GREEN, 
MICHAEL WARNER, KAREN YOUNG, JUSTIN McELFRESH, and CAMPBELL SCOTT

LORENZO PISONI is dark, charming, and utterly maniacal as Gabe.

LORENZO PISONI is dark, charming, and utterly maniacal as Gabe.

David McElfresh's debut feature, now available on Vimeo, is a depraved, auteuristic playground, seething with ferocity and delight, yet constantly on the verge of becoming a full-on nightmare. 

LOTUS is a distraught Christmas movie about a group of old friends getting together for an old-fashioned night of board games and excessive drinking. What should be a light-hearted holiday picture somehow becomes a raging circus act, and by the film's ending, something wholly unexpected and unforgettable.

McElfresh and DP Andrew Lyman-Clarke's cinematography seems to have rules all it's own.

McElfresh and DP Andrew Lyman-Clarke's cinematography seems to have rules all it's own.

Somewhere between WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and a feature-length TWILIGHT ZONE episode directed by John Cassavetes, this one-location feature is memorable for so many reasons-- from the revelatory performances of every cast member (including a surprise cameo by the great character actor Campbell Scott), to the joyous, uninhibited improv-feeling of the comedy, to the unrelenting, unwavering hand of the photography, Mr. McElfresh seems to have embodied something truly dark, in this low-budget thrill ride.

Like all the actors, KIMBERLY GREEN is both hysterical and focused throughout.

Like all the actors, KIMBERLY GREEN is both hysterical and focused throughout.

Since so many indie features are based in one-location settings, it's very hard to make something that stands out from the pack. David's film sticks to its guns throughout, and in the terrifying surprise ending, makes clear that it is not just another little indie-- there's something bigger going on here.

Everything reflects and refracts in this film; nothing is what it seems...

Everything reflects and refracts in this film; nothing is what it seems...

DAVID McELFRESH on shooting his first feature and staying true to yourself as a director:

I wanted to see a raw, honest character piece. I'm not really interested in story as much as I am with character and motivation. It's my belief if you create complicated people with relatable problems and selfish motivations, which we all have, you can entertain people in the same way as, what has become, a monotonous Hollywood film structure. Script and preparation. That should always take that most time, frustration and sweat. 
I spent 3 years on the script and in pre-production. Once you know something really well, we (cast and crew) spend a few weeks on set, and if you have casted it right, it's their film. It's the actors film at that point. Hopefully you can sit back and watch them create.It's their job at that point. That's truly the fun part. Watching them work.
A superb ensemble all-around.

A superb ensemble all-around.

David's next feature, A LONG TIME FOR LOVERS, is nearly finished and is set to premiere in NYC sometime this fall! Check out some images below!

He also makes a brief cameo in the upcoming Magnalux film, THE BROCCOLI BOYS.

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