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What the hell is going on in photographer turned director Jonathan Leder’s “American Ecstasy”? I can safely say that I haven’t a clue. Even after reading the long synopsis below, I still don’t have a clue. Suffice it to say, it looks like an anthology of stories about young, pretty women that get nude often and end up, well, dead for one reason or another. It’s all very artsy and reminds me a bit of fellow celeb photographer turned director Tyler Shield’s own directorial debut, “Final Girl”.
Check out the first Red Band trailer for “American Ecstasy” below. It’s apparently produced by the folks at Ain’t It Cool News, if that means anything to you.
They come from the middle of nowhere. They flee fine families and broken homes in search of experience and dreams. They travel the same interstates and back roads as we do. Trigger the same bells entering 24-hour convenience stores. Veer off at the same rest stops headed for places like the Adirondacks, Woodstock, Myrtle Beach and Tampa. And then they vanish. In the wake they leave trails run cold, memories of fresh faces and promising smiles later recalled by strange passersby.
These young women are now heroines of the American Ecstasy, the new feature-length chiller from celebrated photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Leder. An anthology film exploring tales of resilient women snared in a single terrifying, hallucinatory nightmare, fates left gasping in the gloved hands of a mad everyman, this is the movie that will prove, once and for all, that the most monstrous of highway predators is America itself.
Starring Playboy playmate Britany Nola and a bunch of other pretty lasses willing to take their clothes off onscreen for the sake of their art. Thanks, ladies!
No word on a release date yet, but it should start working the festival circuit this year. You can keep track of the film at its Official Site.