Enemy Mind, a science fiction-style film written, produced and directed by a Coachella Valley-based cast and crew, is now available on DVD. The film was shot on location in the Salton Sea area of Imperial Valley in early 2010, and completed on a shoestring budget.
“I still can’t believe we did this with only $9,000,” marvels Palm Springs resident Xu Razer, who plays a futuristic terrorist in the film and is also credited as co-producer. “More than two-thirds of that money was spent to hire Academy Award Winning Actor Ernest Borgnine, who provides the voice for a key character in the film.”
Borgnine will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 30, 2011, to be broadcast on the TNT and TBS networks.
“I don’t know of anyone who has ever pulled off something like this on such a small budget, and we are extremely proud of the accomplishment,” says Razer.
The action takes place in the year 3074 A.D. when a prison transport ship carrying some of the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals has crash-landed on a remote planet. Only two people survive the wreck: a terrorist accused of a bombing a spacecraft and a soldier ordered to ensure the accused prisoner stands trial for his crime.
“We wanted so badly to make a movie that would test the boundaries of perception and the concept of reality as it pertains to certain ideologies,” explains Razer, who also moonlights as a doorman at Hunter’s Video Bar in Palm Springs. “The themes are powerful. I believe this is something that will resonate with a wide range of audiences, and we’ve already gotten tremendous feedback from websites like DreadCentral.com, which focuses on the horror genre.”
Written and directed by Palm Desert resident Brennan Reed, Enemy Mind is an official entry in the 2011 Athens International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival. The film also features an appearance by local businesswoman Charissa Farley. The film is now available on DVD at Amazon.com and at Video Depot locations in Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City, where Razer will sign copies of the film at a later date.
For more information, call 760-880-7932 or go to www.enemy-mind.com