New Trailer for Weird Lucid Dreaming Film 'Zen Dog' with Kyle Gallner
"I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream." Future Park has debuted a trailer for an intriguing indie film titled Zen Dog, which is actually not about a dog (unfortunately). Zen Dog premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in the UK back in 2016, and played at a few fests last year, but it is only now getting a release some two years later. Trapped by daily routine, a man experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the country in a psychedelic VW with the guiding words of philosopher Alan Watts. Zen Dog stars Kyle Gallner as Mud, along with Adam Herschman, Celia Diane, Clea DuVall, and Devin Finch. This looks a bit too odd and too psychedelic to be good, but I am most curious about the Alan Watts recordings used in the film as a guide. Check it out.
Here's the newest official trailer (+ poster) for Rick Darge's Zen Dog, direct from YouTube:
Mud (Gallner) has been trapped in his daily routine for a long time. He runs a struggling virtual reality startup that promises to transport users to exotic locations from the comfort of their homes. Plagued by nightmares of a stranger's suicide, Mud has a difficult time coping with his monotonous existence. One day, his eccentric cousin Dwayne (Herschman) shows up at his doorstep, and introduces him to the power of lucid dreaming with the hopes that it will quell his nightmares. Thus Mud dreams himself into a road trip across America in a psychedelic Volkswagen. Finding himself experiencing a life without the usual comforts and meeting colourful characters, he starts discovering more than he initially bargained for. Zen Dog is written and directed by filmmaker Rick Darge, a cinematographer making his feature directorial debut after a few shorts previously. This first premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in 2016, and is just now available this year. Future Park will release Zen Dog direct-to-VOD starting June 22nd this summer.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
This looks intriguing...remember, Alan Watt's consciousness is who Samantha/OS in "Her" eventually bonds with... Smart to go direct -to- VOD with this; critics hate this type of movie, generally speaking...
kitano0 on Jun 1, 2018
Looks like it will flirt with some good ideas, but won't cross that line.
DAVIDPD on Jun 1, 2018
Why not? It looks like an interesting life ...
shiboleth on Jun 1, 2018
This one and Bumblebee feat. vintage cars by Volkswagen? Coincidence or image campaign to polish the crooked car builders reputation?
naundob on Jun 5, 2018
Not a coincidence... This is how capitalism works. They pay lots of money for advertising campaigns, and it works. People fall for it so easily. Didn't you see any of the commercials BP released after their oil disaster? They had so many talking about how everything is cool, they're doing better, blah blah. That doesn't necessarily mean they chose VW for this reason, though. Maybe they wanted a VW bug because it was in the comics or a good fit for an 80's car for this story. It definitely works for Bumblebee.
Alex Billington on Jun 5, 2018
Understood. I'm just a bit sensitive regarding VW. We drive one of those "clean" diesels and my wife has recurring sweaty nightmares in which she kills the whole neighborhood with it (cough-cough).
naundob on Jun 5, 2018
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