Austin Film Festival served as the world premiere spot for Burning Bodhi. This film was an awesome example of independent film at its best. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. The camera use and cinematography was in itself a character throughout the film. From the use of single shots, great lighting, natural lighting, and color usage, it was visually pleasing. The story captured the way 20 something's may view death and heartache. The incorporation of texting and avoidance was right on point with the message. I feel that as I watch this film again, small nuances will begin to stand out. It is full of subtle messages to the audience. Kaley Cuoco's performance was dark and unsettling for those of us use to her perky comedic performances. She was brilliant! She was able to capture the dark and lost sense in Kate's character and brought it to a real relatable point. Anyone who has experienced dark times can relate. Cody Horn as Ember, was a character you couldn't help but love. She was so free and loving it was contagious. Landon Liboiron as Dylan played the confused and bitter 20 something to a T. He was able to show the back and forth of what the character hoped for, yet was afraid to accept throughout the movie. Dealing with issues with his girlfriend, his parents, and lastly his feelings towards his friend that passed. Matthew McDuffie wrote relatable and lovable characters, as well as directed a visually captivating piece. If you are a Greg Araki, or even John Waters fan, you will appreciate this film! I rate this 4 out of 5 Lizas!! Definitely a must see for any indie movie lover.
IMDB Link- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3770426/
Photo By Fernando Martinez of Austin Film Festival.