A few years ago, Michael Rowe (Arrow
, Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe
) and former MUCH and MTV host Matt Wells teamed up to develop and produce Crown and Anchor
, a film about a guy (Rowe) who becomes straightedge as a result of growing up with an abusive alcoholic father. His estranged cousin Danny (Wells), however, has become an addict, and when their lives interact, “they each begin to unravel as the past returns with violent and tragic consequences.”
The soundtrack features songs by hardcore acts such as Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits and ho99o9.
The film will make its Ohio debut at the Ohio Independent Film Festival
. A Q&A with Wells, who co-wrote, stars in and produced the movie, will follow the screening.
The film festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Bop Stop, and Crown and Anchor
screens at 9 p.m. that day.
"Crown and Anchor
was a labour of love for our team of producers, director, cast, and crew," says producer Vince Buda in a press release about the upcoming screening. "With an incredible ensemble cast, cult punk and hardcore music as its own character, and a unique visual approach to the storytelling, the spirit of Crown and Anchor
is reminiscent of the independent films from the '70s and early '90s which inspired us. We are very excited to bring our DIY powered indie film to the Ohio Independent Film Festival."
“Cinema from the 1970s had a huge impact on me — films like Mean Streets
, Dog Day Afternoon
and Cries and Whispers
," says writer-director Rowe, who also stars in the film. "These were movies about adult problems made for discerning adult audiences that were meant to be experienced in a theater. That seems to be harder to find these days and is what inspired the making of Crown and Anchor
. So, for us, this had to be a movie driven by character, not plot, it had to have a defined visual style that served the characters (not the filmmaker) and it had to be honest and true to human behaviour, no matter how ugly or uncomfortable. Being able to stick to that vision on my first feature and now have the opportunity for a theatrical release is very exciting.”