Super Dark Times
by Kevin Phillips
Set in a small American town in the 1990s, Super Dark Times tells the story of Zach and Josh, two teenagers who've been best friends since childhood. Their lives have been largely uneventful, their days filled with bike rides, after school snacks and video games. They have almost everything in common, including a crush on Allison Bannister.
In an instant, everything changes. A mundane afternoon takes an abrupt and violent turn when an accident leaves their friend Daryl face down on the ground, bleeding to death from a wound in his neck. Panicked, the boys hide what evidence they can, cover Daryl's body with leaves and swear one another to secrecy.
But news like this spreads fast. Soon the whole town is talking about the missing boy. Zach is overcome with guilt. The simple world he's known becomes a surreal minefield of nightmares and grief. Josh on the other hand seems to shut down entirely. He stops going to school, stops leaving the house at all.
Days ago the two boys were inseparable, but now the emotional distance between them might well be insurmountable. When another of their classmates is found dead, Zach fears that Daryl's death was only the beginning.
Kevin Phillips was born in 1982 as the second son of a chocolatier. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Film and Photography. He is well known for his work as a cinematographer - having worked with artists like Childish Gambino, Grimes, and The Lumineers and brands like Beats by Dre, Levi's and Jimmy Choo. In 2015 he directed the short film ‘Too Cool for School' which premiered at Semaine De La Critique in Cannes. Super Dark Times is his feature debut.
2017 SUPER DARK TIMES
2015 TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL (Short)
Zach Taylor - Owen Campbell
Josh Templeton - Charlie Tahan
Allison Bannister - Elizabeth Cappuccino
Karen Taylor - Amy Hargreaves
Daryl Harper - Max Talisman
Charlie Barth - Sawyer Barth
Meghan Gunn - Adea Lennox
director Kevin Phillips
screenwriters Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
producers Richard Peete, Jett Steiger, Ed Parks
co-producers Rachel Ward, Traci Carlson
executive producers Cameron Lamb, William Hall, Dan Burks, Niraj Bhatia, Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
production designer Jasmine Ballou
director of photography Eli Born
editor Ed Yonaitis
production companies Ways & Means, Neighborhood Watch, Higher Content, Lila 9th Productions, Om Films
format DCP / color / 2.35:1 / 5.1
length 102 min.