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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Running Wild Filmography



Regular readers at Apocalypse Later will know that my first review of every month is of a movie from Running Wild Films.

I just posted March's choice, which is Belly of the Whale, their entry into the IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge. You can find my review here, and if you like what you read, you can watch it for free at YouTube.

This all started back in July 2012, when I was working through the Arizona Shorts selection from that year's Phoenix Film Festival. Purely by chance, my first review that month was Shine Like Gold, directed by Travis Mills, who had co-founded Running Wild Films with Gus Edwards. Even back in 2012, Mills had become a prolific filmmaker and it seemed like a laugh to review another of his films, The Ruffians, when August came around, and so on. After all, I'd catch up soon enough, right?

Well, a couple of years on and 21 monthly reviews later, plus reviews of a couple of features in between, I'm not remotely catching up. In fact, Mills is rocketing away from me, having set and achieved the insane target of making no less than 52 short films in the 52 weeks of 2013, all adapted from stories in the public domain. Those were screened en masse at a three day festival at Mariscos Vuelve a la Vida, a charming Mexican restaurant at 16th St & Roosevelt. It's hardly the first place you'd expect to attend a film festival but it was a memorable event.

Each of these 52 films can now be watched online through Vimeo on Demand. Cost is $26 to rent them all or $52 ($1 a film) to buy them all. They can be rented or bought individually too. I'll be reviewing all these films starting in July. If Mills can make 52 films in 52 weeks, I can review 52 films in 52 weeks, right?

One thing that Mills said during a Q&A session at this festival was that Running Wild Films had made around 80 movies. I knew he was understating the case immediately, given that the 52 films screening that weekend plus the 22 I'd already reviewed at that point come close on their own and there were many left for me to watch. The question was how many they actually have made and the answer wasn't apparent.

So I did some research and conjured up this list. It's entirely not official, but hopefully Mills or Edwards can give it a once over, then fix my mistakes and fill in the gaps. I've included links to my reviews and to the IMDb pages, where they exist, along with ratings from my better half and I, as per Apocalypse Later standards.

My current count is 103: 48 short films, plus the 52 from his self imposed 2013 challenge, and 3 features to boot. Others are in the works, of course, some of them completed but not yet available. Their next feature is Duel at the Mound, currently surpassing its target at Kickstarter.

For those interested, my favourite is still The Big Something, their quirky debut feature, while the best, in my humble opinion, is probably The Memory Ride, in the version that strips the original ending.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Features
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Big Something 2011 5 5 Travis Mills IMDb
The Detective's Lover 2012 4 4 Travis Mills IMDb
The Men Who Robbed the Bank 2013 4 4 Travis Mills IMDb

Short Films
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Man/Woman/Motel Room 2010 5 5 Travis Mills n/a
The Night Life 2010 Travis Mills n/a
Hate 2010 Gus Edwards n/a
Encounter 2010 4 3 Travis Mills IMDb
Absolution 2010 Gus Edwards n/a
The Young Wife 2011 4 4 Travis Mills IMDb
The Gardener 2011 McKenzie Goodwin n/a
The Guitar 2011 Gus Edwards n/a
The Blind Man 2011 3 4 Travis Mills IMDb
Detective's Calendar 2011 n/a
Last Kiss at Sunset 2011 n/a
Five Things a Detective Does in the Dead of Night 2011 Travis Mills n/a
Two Voices 2011 Gus Edwards & Travis Mills IMDb
Night Train to Phoenix 2011 5 5 Travis Mills IMDb
Detective Shaves 2011 2 3 Travis Mills n/a
Augusta: The Plainfield Ghoul 2011 n/a
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot 2011 4 5 Travis Mills IMDb
Comanche 2011 Travis Mills n/a
The Sunset Limited 2012 3 3 Travis Mills n/a
Therapist 2012 4 3 Travis Mills n/a
A Month in Mississippi 2012 Travis Mills IMDb
Off Track 2012 5 5 Travis Mills IMDb
Just Cause 2012 5 6 Gus Edwards n/a
Dad 2012 n/a
The French Spy 2012 3 3 Travis Mills IMDb
The Memory Ride 2012 6 6 Travis Mills IMDb
Escort Driver 2012 3 4 Travis Mills n/a
Friday Nights Alone 2012 5 4 Travis Mills n/a
A Little Haven 2012 Travis Mills n/a
Itty Bitty Bang Bang 2013 5 5 Travis Mills IMDb
I Don't Even Know Your Name 2013 4 4 Michael Coleman n/a
1 2013 n/a
2 2013 n/a
Food in the Alley 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Boykin 2013 5 5 Travis Mills n/a
Wander in the Dark 2013 4 4 Boban Gligoric n/a
The MacGruffin 2013 Kyle Gerkin n/a
Banana Justice 2013 3 3 Travis Mills n/a
Star Babies 2013 6 5 Travis Mills IMDb
The Lady of New Orleans 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Ranch Hands 2013 Christopher Murray n/a
Perorities 2013 Colleen Hartnett IMDb
Spectacles 2013 William Long IMDb
Mozart/Beethoven 2013 Nathan Foley n/a
Catch the Frog 2013 5 5 Travis Mills n/a
Foster, You're Dead 2013 Kyle Gerkin n/a
Belly of the Whale 2014 5 5 Kyle Gerkin n/a
Little Man in the Boat 2014 n/a

52 Films/52 Weeks
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Sisters 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Bartleby 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Two Hearts That Beat as One 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
You Touched Me 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
An Encounter 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Araby 2013 Travis Mills n/a
A Little Hero 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
I Want to Know Why 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Two Gallants 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Head and Shoulders 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Other Woman 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Kiss 2013 Travis Mills n/a
The White Stocking 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Respectable Woman 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Desertion 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Painful Case 2013 Travis Mills n/a
The Bookkeeper 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Liar 2013 Travis Mills n/a
The Thief 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Horseshoes 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
My Roomy 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Harmony 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Useless Beauty 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Counterparts 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Return 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Mother 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Tennessee's Partner 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Catastrophe 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Three Strangers 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Lodging for the Night 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Cask 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Young Goodman Brown 2013 Travis Mills n/a
Berenice 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Watcher by the Dead 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Man of the Crowd 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Country of the Blind 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Grace 2013 Travis Mills n/a
The Captain's Story 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Test Case 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Devil and Tom Walker 2013 Travis Mills n/a
A Little Cloud 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Clay 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Pair of Silk Stockings 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Bum 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
After the Race 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
A Day in the Committee Room 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Eveline 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Boarding House 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Locket 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
Out of Season 2013 Travis Mills IMDb
The Dead 2013 Travis Mills n/a
A Piece of Steak 2013 Travis Mills IMDb

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