Film Noir-Style Murder Mystery
Black & White
DON L. BONER
Writer, Producer, Director, Co-Cinematographer
Jason Jolliff-Cinematographer, Editor
D.L. SITES PRODUCTION COMPANY
KEY ACTORS: AUTUMNE SORGIUS, BRIAN TALBOT, ROBERT CHARLOCK, VICKIE SMITH, KEVIN CROAK,
A murder mystery set in 1948 in the fictitious town of Passionville, Illinois that follows the perplexing and often seedy life of a private detective who is accused of murdering a troubled young lady with a dark history.
LOSERS LOUNGE is a dark and mysterious movie that lies on the edge and tells the story of shady characters, crooked cops, switched love and bad luck, a darker side of human nature, a film-noir style murder mystery at its best.
On one level, 'Losers Lounge' is a simple murder mystery set in 1948 in the fictitious town of Passionville, Illinois, just Southeast of Chicago. Most of the action takes place in Lisa Losers Lounge, where seedy characters hang out. During World War II the bar was a whorehouse.
On another level, 'Losers Lounge' is much like a modern day Greek Tragedy. The Protagonist is banished from town, the antagonist attempts by false pretences to gain control and innocent lives are upset until eventually in the end all the characters are guided by their fates to leave Passionville. Allegorically Passionville is not a place but a state of mind. Mariana, the victim of sexual abuse, is doomed to a life of torment until her tragic death. Disturbing questions about sexuality appear throughout the movie culminating with the words on the tombstone seen at the end of the movie.
All the characters in 'Losers Lounge' appear to be shades of gray, instead of the good and evil that are normally associated with a narrative film. Perhaps the fact that all the characters are shades of gray is saying that all people in fact have some amount of "evil" inside of them; evil that from time to time could prove to be very distressing to those who dare to look.
DON BONER attended the New York Film Academy's four week intensive workshop. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed short movie RIPPLE in Augues 2002 and THE BUMBLING DETECTIVE in October 2002. In November 2002 he completed WELCOME TO KENTUCKIANA. He is formerly the Director of Product Development for Adman Software. He developed four games on a TRS 80 Model I Level II in 1981, released by the Programmer's Guild and Micro Fantasy: Thunder Road, Deadly Dungeon, Revenge of Bolrog, and The Fortress at Times-End. He is an award-winning wine maker and the author of a beer-making manual.
The concept for "Losers Lounge" began in early November 2002. The first draft of the script was completed by the end of that year. Auditions for fifteen speaking roles, held February 1, 2003, attracted twenty-seven actors from Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Munchie, Indiana; along with actors from Louisville, Kentucky and Madison, Wisconsin. Shooting began in mid-April and was completed in mid-May 2003. Losers Lounge was screened October 14 at Key Cinema Indianapolis as pary of their Filmmakers Showcase to a standing room crowd.
Four Indianapolis locations were used during film production. Stan's End, 2027 Prospect Ave, served as Lisa Losers Lounge. Bar back room and courthouse scenes were filmed at Studio 301. The private residence of Gerald Peterson served as Joey Ferinando's office-apartment as well as the police station. The private residence of Sharon Gamble served as Mariana's bedroom apartment. The film was shot using Canon GL1 adn GL-2 digital cameras. Sound was recorded on a Sony DAT walkman. Jolliff Digital Production, Indianapolis, provided postproduction services.
Mr. Boner commented on creating his first feature-length film, "After my previous three short films, I was eager to tackle a more agressive project. The large pool of talented actors from Indianapolis and nearby cities made selection bery difficult, but I am extremely pleased with the results."