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Interview: Hennelly, Denis Henry -- GOODBYE WORLD

Hennelly, Denis Henry -- GOODBYE WORLD

Denis Henry Hennelly - GOODBYE WORLD

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Denis Henry Hennelly talks unexpected politics, the symbiosis of art and commerce, and the real meaning of apocalypse in his film, GOODBYE WORLD a story of old friends, new crises, and what happens when the infrastructure fails. Seven friends from college find themselves holed up in rural northern California and off the grid after civilization collapses due to a text sent by person or persons unknown to every cell phone in the world. Personal politics, and emotional entanglements old and new, take center stage over the impending collapse of society as the struggle to get through the next hour without saying the wrong thing becomes as important as making sure that supplies are protected, that the perimeters aren’t breached, and that the daily bubble takes flight for the compound’s youngest inhabitant. The film stars Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Remy Nozik, and Mark Webber. Hennelly directed from a script he co-wrote with Sarah Adina Smith. His previous work includes the documentary ROCK THE BELLS that captures the preparations for and footage from the Wu-Tang Clan’s last live concert, and BOLD NATIVE, a narrative about the radical branch of the animal liberation front. He spoke to me by phone from his home in Southern California.

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