American Lawless





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Published on Jun 15, 2012

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The year is 2112. The United States is a divided country recovering from the results of a second civil war. The law is broken. States have reverted back to individual territories. Yet all this is but a mere backdrop. Our story focuses on Luke, the former leader of a gang of ruthless marauders known as the American Lawless. After an epiphany, Luke decides to turn legit and betrays his men by turning them over to the authorities. But vengeance comes swiftly when the gang escapes and comes looking for Luke and his wife, Rose.

Will Luke be able to save Rose from the wrath of the American Lawless? Or will she be the price he pays?


American Lawless was my attempt at the Western genre. Unfortunately, since I lack the proper finances, I wasn't able to do an old West period piece with horses, saloons or train robberies. I had to make due with my surroundings- the urban backdrop of Jersey City. So I instead set the story 100 years in the future and went from there.

It was actually pretty cool doing a movie set so far away. I had room to play, since anything could happen between now and then, but I didn't try to go Blade Runner on the story either. I relied heavily on how things changed between now and the last 100 years. Apart from fashion, lingo and technology, a lot has remained the same. Houses and buildings still stand, people still wear suits and pants and standard weaponry is still the same.

So I figured that in another 100 years, there wouldn't be AS MUCH change as we would expect. Also, when working with a zero dollar budget, you have to economize wherever possible. With AMLAW, I played down the locations and focused more on a few key fashion elements like Luke's jacket or Han's glasses.

Using the "fossil", I felt, was also a clever way to insert an of dated vehicle into the story without it looking stupid. And let's be honest, that damn car is sexy as hell!

The purpose of this movie, apart from being a genre exercise, was to remind us that history can and will repeat itself if we are not careful. A second civil is within our realm of plausible outcomes if we as a nation don't get our act together.

That being said, I didn't make this movie to be preachy about anything. I made it for the fun of it. But like I said, we're doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it. And hopefully, with any luck, the future I have foretold in this film, will never come to pass.


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