The "High Note", a drug-dealing musical massacre created by Great Gus Productions out of San Juan Island, is nominated for several awards at the Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas. The film is being screened at the festival at 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 22. Awards will be presented August 24.
Four Friday Harbor siblings, Jacob, David, Jenny, Amy Gustafson (their mom is Mary Long) along with friend Carl Billington. View photos and the trailer here.
The film synopsis: Best friends Cliff and Otis plan to get rich quick by stealing from some of the most dangerous foes in the business: drug dealers. Going against the plan, the two spend the night partying, allowing the audience to see that, in a certain light, the 'bad guys' weren't really all that bad to begin with. Simply put, this film is just your everyday druggie, dramedy, indie musical that's filled to the brim with Germans, Jesus, bongos, beers, and bongs.
The film features actors from San Juan Island and Seattle. The brothers co-authored the script. Jacob, currently a film student at UC Santa Cruz is the producer. David is the director. Carl, a graduate of Seattle Film School, is the director of photography. Amy and Jacob edited the film.
Amy is the production coordinator and Jenny is the assistant producer/art director.
The brothers explain the thoughts behind the project on their website. "We want to convey to the audience that certain vices like drinking, smoking, and drug use affect all of us, especially so for the people in our family. We have always felt that shying away from the subject of addiction never really accomplishes much, so our story focuses on how these characters came into their “druggie” situations by going through each one of their backstories. We want to show the audience that the lines between Good and Evil, or more importantly between moral and immoral, blur heavily within each and every one of us. Our goal isn't to exploit the use of drugs. Our goal is to tell a story that we think millions of people have gone through. The only difference is that we want to tell it through song and dance!"
The nominations include:
Best Director -Feature: High Note- David Gustafson
Best Actress - Feature: . High Note- Kennedy Stinson
Outstanding Cast Performance: High Note- David Gustafson
Best Independent Spirit Award: High Note- David Gustafson
Social Justice Statement of the Year: High Note- David Gustafson