It’s hard to imagine “successful” visual storytelling as delivered in a feature-length film in using only the setting that is the interior of an automobile. It’s even tougher to imagine that it does so as the camera only really changes angles surrounding the one man in it.
Yet Aisha Tyler’s AXIS absolutely does this and it does this remarkably well. It has already taken Los Angeles by storm and is doing well at a number of festivals.
AXIS features Tristan Blake, a man with a distinctive Irish brogue who manages to make it good in Hollywood, despite the animosity of others in his life. As he chats with his Southern girlfriend, with his dysfunctional family, with his agents, lawyers, therapists and friends a complex character develops.
His attempt to power play a studio and its production creates some interesting moments of study as they relate to the problem of ego, western life, and stardom.
Axis also just screened at CIMMfest 2017’s opening night.
There’s a lot more to CIMMfest which cuts deep into music cultures and the films that chronicle them. The line-up can be found here.