American Bully

American Bully

Starring Matt O’Leary, Marshall Allman, Jonathan Halyalkar, Sam Murphy, Ross Britz, Natasha Henstridge Directed By Dave Rodriguez Year 2009

The Story

“With intense performances from a cast of emerging young stars, AMERICAN BULLY is a haunting and relevant film that forces us to confront the harrowing and potent menace that lurks just under the surface — and deep in the heart of darkness — of any town.”

AMERICAN BULLY, formally titled ANYTOWN, follows the lives of seven high school students on, what starts out to be, a typical day. When an isolated high school altercation gets one of the students Brandon (Matt O’Leary) suspended, events quickly escalate. The group takes their anger out on Eric (Jonathan Halyalkar), an Indian teen mistaken to be Middle-Eastern. They kidnap him and take him to an abandoned house, threatening to execute him on video. The film leaves you wondering, “WTF just happened?!”

Matt’s Character

Matt plays Brandon, who has been affected by 9/11, terrorism, and the war in Iraq. He is the leader of the group and the one who initiates the hate crime. It is an interesting study on why a small time youth would commit heinous crimes. Matt’s performance is phenomenal and intense. He makes you extremely dislike Brandon for his ignorance, fowl language, and hatred towards Eric. Yet, at the same time, you are forced to wonder how much he truly was to blame.

Awards

WINS:

2009 Long Island Film Expo -- Best Screenplay: Dave Rodriquez & Zak Meyers

2009 Method Festival -- Best Director: Dave Rodriquez

2009 Charleston International Film Festival -- The Golden Crescent Award for Best Feature

2009 HBO New York International Film Festival -- Official Selection

2010 Anaheim International Film Festival -- Official Selection

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Picture (Feature Film)

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Feature Length Screenplay: Dave Rodriquez & Zak Meyers

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Actor in a Feature Film: Marshall Allman

2011 PWFF Audience Choice Awards -- Best Actor in a Feature Film: Matt O’Leary

NOMINATIONS:

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Actor in a Feature Film: Matt O’Leary

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film: Jonathan Halyalker

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Actress in a Feature Film: Brooke Johnson

2011 PWFF Grand Jury Awards -- Best Director in a Feature Film: Dave Rodriquez

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