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Screener Squad: Fugitive Dreams

Fugitive Dreams Movie Review


The love child of Tim Burton, Robert Eggers and Rod Serling seems to exist in the form of Austin Texas’ own Jason Neulander (“The Intergalactic Nemesis”, “Salt”), the writer/director of one of the most uncategorizable “on the road” movies ever made. When a pair of drifters (Robbie Tann and April Matthis) encounter each other in the middle of nowhere, their combination of suicidal tendencies and addiction withdrawals make for an unlikely pair of traveling companions who embark on a journey that’s both therapeutic and a tad bit surreal. Playing at the Austin Film Festival this week, find out what Frank, Alex, Lewayne and Jordan think about the strangest homeless duo to hit the screen since Nicholson and Streep.

**There is a longer, uncut, video version of this review for TIME LORD subscribers and above right here**


DIRECTED BY: Jason Neulander

STARRING:  April Matthis, Robbie Tann, Scott Shepherd, O-Lan Jones, David Patrick Kelly, Joey Hood, Soleil Patterson, Sean Avery Huber, Travis Barrera, Victor Steele, Mical Trejo, Cami Alys, Ross Smith, Jennifer Kuczaj, Robert Doc Schoen




Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.


Alex Sullivan (Screener Squad)

This Alex. He Shy.

Fascinated by the countless worlds that can be visited by simply pressing “Play”, Alex finds himself awash in an endless stream of titles. Whenever a particularly strange title strikes his fancy, he becomes an enamored prophet of this new idea, spreading its good word to whomever will listen. Alex constantly works to improve his fluency in the universal language of cinema. Underneath his mellow facade, he’s a chihuahua, shaking with excitement to be a part of such a wonderfully diverse and welcoming community of voices that share his enthusiasm.


Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.


Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.



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