Mike Messier Goes to “The Darkside” (2016)
The Darkside is a place to visit… but not to dwell.
“The Darkside” (2016) is Rhode Island indie filmmaker Mike Messier‘s new experimental, narrative performance short. Messier wrote, produced, and performed the one-minute poetic drama, which he co-directed with Chris Boylston.
Messier and Boylston worked together on “Disregard the Vampire – a Mike Messier Documentary.” The project, an indie horror, is currently in post. It stars Anna Rizzo, Jose Gonsalves, and Geena Matuson.
“The Darkside” is the first co-directing collaboration from the two. Boylston also did the cinematography and editing. Eileen Slavin assisted as a production assistant and still photographer.
In “The Darkside,” Messier delivers a dark, poetic monologue that dwells on death. He stands alone on a footbridge that is symbolic of the transition from life to death. The sober surroundings emphasize his isolation. Messier’s facial expressions and posture enhance his intense delivery of his lines.