What is TOAD ROAD? This has been an indie genre film that’s been flying under my radar until recently when I caught wind of a press release detailing the film and announcing its premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival this Thursday July 26th, 2012. From the teaser trailers, there are shades of YELLOWBRICKROAD going on, but the rest remains a mystery. An old town legend…a pathway to hell? The mystery will have to remain just that until we take a walk down TOAD ROAD… Check out the press release, teaser trailers, stills, and poster below for more information about the film.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My Name is Faith) directed and produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with producers Liz Levine (Camp Hollywood, Finite & Infinite Games) and Adrian Salpeter (The French Guy, Finite & Infinite Games). Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results.
“I’m excited to premiere Toad Road at Fantasia International! It is great to be recognized by a festival that supports transgressive and outsider cinema,” says Banker.
“Jason Banker has crafted an exceptional film that we are proud to bring to Fantasia,” says Levine. “He is among the finest New York filmmakers of his generation,” adds Salpeter.
The Fantasia Festival kicked off July 19th and continues on through August 7th in Montréal, Canada, with the Fantasia Film Market making its debut from July 26-29, 2012. For more information, hit up their official facebook page, or their Tumblr page.
Inspired by an urban legend, Toad Road is an intimate meditation on lost youth evocative of Gus Van Sant (with a racy touch of Larry Clark) and a radical deconstruction of genre cinema, a devastating and brilliant object of contemplation and dread, and a journey down unexpected paths.
Teaser Trailer #1
Teaser Trailer #2