Rushlights

Synopsis: "Rushlights" revolves around Billy Brody (Josh Henderson) and Sarah (Haley Webb), two delinquent young lovers from the suburbs of Los Angeles, traveling to a small Texas town to falsely claim a dead friend's inheritance. The two teens, haunted by their own dubious pasts while pursuing their scam, wind up in a nightmare of greed and betrayal when confronted with the twisted and bizarre underworld of Tremo, TX - population 2870.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Antoni Stutz
Production: Vertical Entertainment
 
IMDB:
6.2
Metacritic:
25
Rotten Tomatoes:
22%
R
Year:
2013
98 min
Website
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Hi.

Hey--

What can I get you?

Well, um, I was thinking about...

The...

Turkey sandwich?

Just guessing.

Iced tea?

That's right.

Can I get you something else?

No. No, I'm good.

Thanks.

Okay.

You know, I--I was wondering...

Yes?

It's been weeks now, me coming here, and--

and, um...

I was thinking, what if I come here tomorrow

and you're no longer here?

Well, I mean, I wasn't planning

on spending the rest of my life here,

- right? I mean...

- You see? That's my point.

You know?

What if you leave

and I never find out your--

your favorite ice cream

or your favorite movie,

stuff like that?

My favorite movie's "Fight Club".

My favorite ice cream is chocolate.

Do you want to go out with me sometime?

Yeah, hello.

Ellen.

What?

What happened?

Who are you looking for?

Number 12.

It's right next door.

Sarah?

Shit.

Sarah?

My God.

I thought that was you.

What's going on here?

Are you all right?

Ellen. She's dead.

We gotta get out of here. Now!

Look, we gotta get your stuff!

Let's go.

I should go to the police.

They're probably already there.

Maybe we should split town for a while.

Here.

Have a coffee, a muffin.

It'll help you feel better.

The girl is Ellen,

my roommate.

She was on her own.

She'd lost her parents a couple years ago

in some accident, fell into drugs.

We got into a fight...

Because I asked her not to get loaded around me.

A couple hours later,

I heard her fighting with the guy next door, Eddie,

her dealer.

And then it stopped.

And I saw her...

On the couch sleeping.

Only, she wasn't breathing.

I don't do that anymore.

Okay.

Thank you for last night.

It really meant a lot to me.

You don't...

Think I'm trash?

Everybody's got a story.

Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it.

Okay.

This is not my stuff.

Crowd really getting into it now.

And foul ball.

"Law offices of Cameron Brogden."

"State of Texas."

"Dear Ellen,

"as your late Uncle's friend and attorney,

"your Uncle has bequeathed his entire estate to you,

his favorite niece

and the only living relative."

Do you--do you know

what this is?

"If you have any questions,

please contact me

at your convenience."

"Cameron Brogden, attorney at law."

What is it?

...The last five consecutive bats,

so we have quite the battle on our hands.

Ellen's wallet.

Let me see.

I don't know about this.

It ju--

it feels like...

Trespassing.

I just want to see something.

Unbelievable.

I mean, you guys could be twins.

We are one strike away.

I, --

I got an idea.

What?

It's--it's a bit crazy,

but it could work.

Nobody on.

A perfect game.

I think we should contact that lawyer.

Hi. You've reached the law offices

of Cameron Brogden.

Leave me a message.

Hi. This is Ellen Niles.

I received your letter and wanted to let you know

that I'm on my way down to Texas.

I'll be in touch when I get there.

Thank you.

I think we're close.

Tremo radio, west Texas.

It's 85 degrees now

with a song right on the guitar for playing the blues.

Well, I'm moving in the morning...

You know what?

This is nuts.

Don't worry.

We're gonna be fine.

My name is Ellen Niles.

I'm 21 years old,

visited my late Uncle Zachary once, almost 15 years ago.

I was real young, so I don't really remember much.

Why did Niles leave all his cash to Ellen,

to you?

He didn't have any kids of his own.

Besides my parents, who passed away,

I'm his only living relative.

How did Niles get so rich?

My grandfather was a lawyer and developer in Pasadena.

Very good.

And I like that.

How do you do?

You must be...

Billy. Ellen's friend.

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Antoni Stutz

Antoni Stutz is a Swiss/German filmmaker and artist. Stutz is known for the neo-noir thriller Rushlights (2013), which he directed and produced. Starring Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, Josh Henderson and Haley Webb, Rushlights was included in the official selections of the Montreal International Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival. An extended directors cut of Rushlights was released in 2016.In 1997, he directed his first feature film the comedy/thriller, You’re Killing Me (2003) starring Julie Bowen (Modern Family).Stutz later served as Executive Producer alongside Fred Roos and Jeffrey Coulter on the feature film Expired (2007) directed by Cecilia Miniucchi. Starring Jason Patric and Samantha Morton, the film was included in the official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Patric won Best Actor for the film at the Stockholm International Film Festival.Stutz is currently developing his next feature film, a psychological thriller. Born and raised in Germany to Swiss parents, Stutz’s father Hans-Joachim Stutz was an architect and the co-CEO of HPP (1974-2000) one of the most prolific and best-known architectural firms in Germany.Stutz graduated college in Germany with an emphasis on Fine Arts. He continued his education in the United States at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, both in Los Angeles and New York, under the direction of Anna Strasberg. At the same time he immersed himself in film studies at UCLA. Stutz began his career as an actor in his teens. Early television roles included Tour of Duty and Michael Mann’s Crime Story.His first feature film role was in John Frankenheimer's Dead Bang co-starring Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller and William Forsythe.Stutz worked as a freelance director on commercials and music videos including MTV’s iconic “ROCK THE VOTE” campaign. Stutz has exhibited his paintings, photography and multi-textural installations both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries. His first solo art show was in 2005 at Bergamot Station followed by an exhibit in 2006 at the Riverside Art Museum, curated by American art critic Peter Frank. In 2014, Stutz's work was presented at the Irvine Fine Arts Center followed by a show in 2016 at BerlinArtProjects Gallery in Berlin, Germany.HIs latest work, which Peter Frank described as "Sculptural Pop-Cubism," was presented at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at the 2018 inaugural If So, What international art fair. more…

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