What is “Dead End?”
“Dead End” is a road movie: dusty and dirty. It is inspired by classic films like "The Hitcher" by Robert Harmon, "U turn" by Oliver Stone and "Duel" by Stephen Spielberg. But "Dead End" uses plenty of details never seen before in this genre and sets up unexpected twists that lead to an intense, powerful ending. This is an extremely raw film.
Not only are the aesthetics of the film very strong, it is also a story driven by its characters, each one a tortured soul, wrapped in a spiral of violence heading towards self-destruction. Objects, places and people seem to be like the desert itself: worn out and somehow aged. The desert is relentless and in this film it exerts a great influence over everything; a force clearly reflected in the characters and their personalities.
John flees across the desert with his daughter Katie. A young hooded man follows in pursuit. They don't know him and they don’t understand the reason for his obsession with the girl, but John will do everything necessary to keep his daughter safe, no matter what might happen to him. His pursuer, on the other hand, will not cease in his efforts to hunt them down, come hell or high water. During this flight forward, both pursuer and pursued will encounter many characters, each of them tormented and running from their own history of violence.
About the director
Conrad Mess is an internationally awarded short film director, with more than 40 awards and over a hundred selections at international festivals. More than 90% of his award and nominations have been won competing alongside films shot with big budgets and professional cameras. "Dead End” is his first feature film.
Conrad Mess is a self-taught director, who never attended film school but has nonetheless developed an innate style and talent to create interesting and twisted stories. "Dead End" promises to be an innovative and surprising experience for all moviegoers.
"It's hard enough making a great film with excellent equipment but Conrad is somehow able to show us miraculous work using just an iPhone. In my opinion, equipment is irrelevant, it's storytelling that makes for great films and Conrad's short stories do this beautifully. It's my hope that one of these days we could work together.”
Steve Weiss, Director winner of 5 Emmys, Zacuto films
"Conrad Mess' movies are simply brilliant, the acting, directing, and post production are amazing. They have the stroke of a million dollar production, but is all shot from an iPhone.”
Ruben Kasantsev. Co- founder of the iPhone Film Festival and producer based in Beverly Hills.