Dark Knight Aurora
When the horrendous shooting occurred in the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colorado, a sacred trust was broken in the worst way possible. When we go to the movie theater, we make ourselves vulnerable and open in the darkness with strangers. We do this so that we can mutually experience whatever is put before us on the screen.
For someone to come into such a sacred place and shoot these lovely people seems unforgivable and something I could not comprehend. I came up with this idea of the Dark Knight confronting this person in his cell. I wrote this little short about it and played the Dark Knight. My favorite films offer a coming together of people who believe they are different but realize they are the same. In this film, it is quite the opposite, The Dark Knight has a struggle because as he fights to get an explanation from the killer, the killer is insisting that they are the same.
My friend Andy Hirsch played the killer. We filmed this in an old Los Angeles jail, but had to make the jail cell with flats in the hallway because we couldn't get into the actual cells. I have never sweat so much in my life, as when I played the Dark Knight. It's a weird little film that verges quite a bit on campy, but I like how it turned out and it got the most views by far of any short film I've made.