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Have you ever wondered what would happen if Gregory Crewdson, Sam Shepard, and Cory McAbee took mescaline at a roadside motel and got freaky with a video camera? Thanks to Kentucker Audley and his newly revamped NoBudge website, you can find out right now by taking advantage of the free online premiere of William Cusick’s Welcome To Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road). It’s hard to believe that a work of visual art such as this began as a stage performance (by Temporary Distortion), but it apparently did.

The “story” follows five characters as their lives overlap, intersect, and merge underneath an expansive, wide, tripped out desert sky—and when I place quotes around the word “story” I mean it, since it’s up for the viewer to ultimately decide what the story is, or if there even is a story. In fiction cinema, a defiantly anti-narrative approach to narrative is typically more off-putting than alluring—it’s usually a sign of screaming pretension is what it is—yet in this particular case, the cosmic visual and sonic wizardry achieved by Cusick and his collaborators cast such a spell on me that I didn’t care if it “made sense” in any logical way (full disclosure: my intellectual verdict was that it didn’t). Which is honestly the highest compliment I can pay an experimental work such as this.

Don’t overthink things. Simply follow these instructions:

— Shut out the world
— Turn off the lights
— Turn up the speakers
— Press play
— Bonus: if you want to smoke something beforehand, well, that honestly might not be a bad idea


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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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