Breaking Glass Pictures has announced that Ward Roberts’ Dust Up is coming to DVD November 13 (SRP $24.99), following its VOD release on October 2. Dust Up stars genre favorite Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drones), Ezra Buzzington (Justified), Jeremiah Birkett, Travis Betz, Aaron Gaffey, Devin Barry, and Mike C. Nelson.
In the high desert, people like to lay low. Jack Truman (Aaron Gaffey) is a shellshocked soldier turned handyman, seeking refuge in the hot sun from a cold, dark past. He’s traded his service pistol for a cordless drill, forsaken allegiance to the flag for meditation on a yoga mat.
Jack’s only friend: a quirky hipster named Mo (Devin Barry), who wants nothing more than to embody the life of a Native-American Indian, complete with teepee, organic foods, tomahawk … and tube socks.
Their peaceful oddball paradise is interrupted when Jack answers a call from a desperate customer, Ella (Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a struggling new mother in the middle of nowhere – soaked in mud from a broken water main and drowning in debt. Ella calls Jack for help, unable to reach her elusive husband, Herman (Travis Betz), a methed-out jackass who lost his job and disappeared into the desert.
What should be a simple plumbing gig turns into a world of hurt for Jack, as he soon finds himself embroiled in this family’s twisted situation – leading to an inevitable and violent confrontation with Herman’s maniacal dealer, Buzz (Jeremiah Birkett). A sex-crazed drug lord, Buzz has assembled his own legion of cultish followers – youthful “Heathens” inspired by his innovative speed concoctions, conspiracy theories, mandatory orgies and a rather grotesque dinner menu. Worlds collide when these colorful heroes and vicious villains are thrown together for the badass brawl-of-the-century. Jack will be forced to face his demons as he battles Buzz and a raucous army of raving wastoids. Jack doesn’t stand a chance. Not without the help of his loyal sidekick, Mo, and the beautiful Ella, as they barrel down a one-way road ending in hilarious, bloody mayhem.
Here’s the official trailer:
Dust Up is currently enjoying a limited theatrical run, with screenings in New York and Boston to come, among others. Brett Schenker of Graphic Policy raved, “Yes, it’s weird. Yes, it’s over the top. Yes, it’s hilarious.” Likewise, Keith McDuffee of CliqueClack called Benson “flawless as usual.”
The DVD will be loaded with special features including an audio commentary with Roberts and Benson, Find the Pony, a behind the scenes featurette; various interviews with cast and crew, The Herm Dawg Diaries featurette shot by Betz, and the Dust Up Comedy PSA.
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