Ward Roberts on DUST UP


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Dan Persons

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Ward Roberts on DUST UP

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Aaron Gaffey and Amber Benson share a rare, reflective moment in DUST UP.

It’s the end of the year. Time to weigh our actions of the twelve months prior, look ahead to the months to come, and resolve to be better, smarter, more generous, more loving in all we do.

Then we can all sit down to a film in which a one-eyed ex-marine (Aaron Gaffey) and his Zen-nerd-with-delusions-of-Native-Americanism buddy (Devin Barry) protect a young mother (Amber Benson) from a hoard of meth-addled cannibals. Because, truly, can you think of a better path to personal enrichment?

DUST UP is a low-budget, grindhouse-style action comedy set in a desert where the heat appears to have addled everyone who dares to live there. It’s the product of a unique production consortium called Drexel Box, and a pretty wacky (albeit violent and twisted) way to usher in the New Year. I got a chance to discuss the film with its director, Ward Roberts. Click on the player to hear the show.

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