|THE DARK AGE|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: || Jeremy Dash, Jenna Sander, Manni L. Perez|
|Crew: ||Producers: Jonah Schwartz, Brian Trichon, Jeremy Dash - Screenwriters: Brian Trichon |
After a catastrophic solar storm destroys the global power grid and plunges humanity into darkness, two women from a survival colony track down an electromagnetic signal, leading them to a deranged loner with a mysterious power supply who will stop at nothing to protect it.
Jonah Schwartz is a visual storyteller who has been directing music videos for the last 10 years. He's collaborated with such artists as The Black Keys, A$AP Mob, Method Man, Prodigy, Jim Jones, Curren$y, among many others and his videos have racked up over 50 million views on YouTube. He spent five years living in Japan and made a name for himself directing music videos for the country's most prominent hip-hop artists. In 2009 he directed the documentary feature, Welcome to Blakroc, featuring The Black Keys and various hip hop legends. Jonah also works as a Cinematographer and was Director of Photography for the 2018 indie feature film, Honor Up.
In the world today, we spend the majority of our time glued to a screen of some sort. Endlessly watching, tapping, or typing. Everyday we become more and more dependent on technology as it intertwines with our lives. While humanity benefits from these advances, with it comes with the sinking sensation that we will not be able to cope in a world without them. The concept that everything we know can be lost in an instant is one that has always fascinated me. In conceiving of The Dark Age I was looking to create a story that was a blend of a variety of genres and influences. As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I grew up watching a long list of influential science fiction and adventure films that sparked my young imagination. As a filmmaker, I have always wanted to create a project to loop all of these influences into one work, capturing the nostalgic feeling of some of these pictures while creating something new and exciting in the process. My original concept for the story was inspired by the 1981 film “Quest For Fire” where a group of prehistoric men are sent out on a mission from their tribe to find a source of fire after their last flame dies. I wanted to explore this concept but in a more contemporary setting. Where mankind has reverted to an existence without power, with many similarities to those prehistoric days of the past. I found this to be the perfect setting to focus on mankind’s unhealthy addiction to technology. I wanted to depict a future more realistic and probable than one of an impending zombie apocalypse or virus outbreak.
What would happen if the world lost all power suddenly, in an instant. A random act of nature that could change the course of humanity forever. What would happen after such an event. When humans, who have depended on their own inventions through centuries, lose the very fabric holding them all together. There is a widely discussed doomsday scenario revolving around the possibility of a solar storm, a wave of electromagnetic energy emitted from the sun, that if it hit earth at the right time and intensity has the potential to knock out all electronics and power grids. As a result, the loss of power so great could lead to the fall of civilization as we know it. With that as a back story I wanted to take a look at that world that has been long since ruined by this global catastrophe. A world plunged into darkness and paranoia. Where mankind scavenges for food and energy, trying to maintain whatever remnants they have left of a once functioning society. In this setting we explore the emotions of a dangerous time where the line between good and evil has long been lost and trust between humans is a foreign idea. Within this world, we are able to experience a story that is exciting on the surface, but also layered with deeper messages throughout.