ASCENSION frames mental illness as a dark and sinister force from the stars. It makes the behavior understandable on some level. The person you know and love isn’t doing these terrible things. It’s that dark entity. That thing.
What’s surprising is that even with some of the usual modern rom-com conventions we’ve come to expect and SciFi elements, the film doesn’t lose focus on its emotionally involving core. Both versions of Todd have hurt people in their orbit in significant ways, and each one will need to travel to another plane of existence to try and set things right.
We had a chance to chat with Timothy Foia, the co-writer of DOE. The film has its Texas premiere Wednesday October 17 (7:30pm) at Flix Brewhouse.
SLEEPAWAY CAMP somehow manages to pull off being simultaneously homophobic in tone (Peter’s father is revealed to be homosexual, in a flashback sequence that is bizarre and genuinely uncomfortable in its staging and implications) and hysterically homoerotic (did guys actually wear shorts that short in the 80s?)