Billy Isaaks (Tyler Tackett) sits paralyzed in his darkened living room piecing together fragmented flashbacks of his tumultuous relationship with live-in girlfriend Alice Murphy (Mair Mulroney). He fondly remembers the early days of puppy love but his memory soon unleashes the not so distant past when an innocent evening of recreational drug use 360’s into a weekend drug binge with the pizza guy (Paul Stanczak). Is Billy repressing thoughts of a threesome, the drugs he knows they took or both? His nightmare unravels before our eyes.

The Genesis

Many of us have lost someone we love to addiction whether it was alcohol, street drugs or prescription pills. Things have gotten really out of control. All too often we hear only one narrative regarding drugs, they are bad – don’t take them and just say no.
We don’t feel that there is a proper social dialogue about which drugs are the real killers and which will merely waste your life away. Among all the hard drugs opiates are the real demons.
44 people in the U.S. die from an overdose of prescription painkillers every day 

“I lost my younger brother and best friend Jimmy in 2009 from an ongoing addiction to prescription painkillers he was only 39.”Skyko | Writer/Director

There have been plenty of movies that expose heroin for the devil that it is but many people just don’t realize that heroin and a physician’s prescribed opiate/opioid pills are one in the same. We want to make this film because young people need to see and understand this.

Drug abuse is something that Sky, our writer/director knows all too well, “I lost my younger brother and best friend Jimmy in 2009 from an ongoing addiction to prescription “painkillers” he was only 39.


The Killer

After my brother died, a friend recommended a documentary called “Oxycontin Express” This answered a lot of my questions and it profoundly affected me. My hope is that our film informs as well as shocks the hell out of young people, scaring them away from ever getting hooked on any drug”.


The Process

Our ultimate goal was to push boundaries revealing raw – yet natural human behavior under the influence of controlled substances. We want to defiantly depict how these choices in lifestyle can easily either result in pure ecstasy or irreversible agony. The story of Candy & Ronnie envolves two very different worlds.

1 A playful experimental period where young adults flirt with alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine. In this world there is open communication, love, sexual exploration and a general opening of the soul. Recreational, responsible drug use that is controlled and sane.

2A living nightmare where physically addictive prescription drugs – specifically opioids such as oxycontin – are abused and their use becomes uncontrollable.

The challenge in making this film was to make it as realistic as possible, yet also endearing, entertaining and charming so that the message hits the audience like a ton of bricks. We want to take risks and make a short film that doesn’t pull punches and shows both sides of the coin.

Because it is an adult themed movie, it was important for us to include love & other sexually suggestive scenes in the film. We could ONLY make this film with actors who were willing to take the plunge with us… checking our personal inhibitions/hangups at the door and diving into these characters head first. We found the perfect, fearless candidates Tyler Tackett, Mair Mulroney and Paul Stanczak.


Since you’ve asked!

  • Running Time: 15 Minutes
  • Shot in 6K on a RED Epic Dragon
  • Editing System: Final Cut Pro X
  • Graded on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
  • Lit with Kino Flo Select 30 LEDs
  • Originally planned to shoot 4 days, but end up shooting 5 full days + 2 1/2 day pickups.
  • We always had music playing when not rolling!
  • Funded with the help of IndieGogo

The Process

Our ultimate goal was to push boundaries revealing raw – yet natural human behavior under the influence of controlled substances. We want to defiantly depict how these choices in lifestyle can easily either result in pure ecstasy or irreversible agony. The story of Candy & Ronnie envolves two very different worlds.

1 A playful experimental period where young adults flirt with alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine. In this world there is open communication, love, sexual exploration and a general opening of the soul. Recreational, responsible drug use that is controlled and sane.

2A living nightmare where physically addictive prescription drugs – specifically opioids such as oxycontin – are abused and their use becomes uncontrollable.

The challenge in making this film was to make it as realistic as possible, yet also endearing, entertaining and charming so that the message hits the audience like a ton of bricks. We want to take risks and make a short film that doesn’t pull punches and shows both sides of the coin.

 

Because it is an adult themed movie, it was important for us to include love & other sexually suggestive scenes in the film. We could ONLY make this film with actors who were willing to take the plunge with us… checking our personal inhibitions/hangups at the door and diving into these characters head first. We found the perfect, fearless candidates Tyler Tackett, Mair Mulroney and Paul Stanczak.


Since you’ve asked!

  • Running Time: 15 Minutes
  • Shot in 6K on a RED Epic Dragon
  • Editing System: Final Cut Pro X
  • Graded on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
  • Lit with Kino Flo Select 30 LEDs
  • Originally planned to shoot 4 days, but end up shooting 5 full days + 2 1/2 day pickups.
  • We always had music playing when not rolling!
  • Funded with the help of IndieGogo

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