WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JEFF JOHNSON
TONY DENNISON RON CANADA TOM HILDRETH
The Black Market Stock Exchange Is Open
The Kinjiku is the most exclusive bar in the world, where black market traders replicate the earliest incarnation of the New York Stock Exchange while they sample mixology’s answer to molecular gastronomy. More than four trillion US dollars move through the underworld annually, and The Kinjiku is where the darkest of colossal deals are shaped and formed, where desperate futures are modeled, where elite shadows and kingpins cross pollinate. An investigative journalist finds The Kinjiku after years of hunting, and all he needs to break the story is one drink and an interview.
A very special thanks to Mark Harris, Tony Dennison, Ron Canada, the incredible Mark Bramhall, Miki Hamino, Elizabeth Lambert, Colette O’Connell, Lynette Coll, the charming Skye Coyne, the aces Isaac Gonzalez Rossi, Javier Lavato, Dan Harris, Tabbert Fiiler, the magnificent Heather Denton, Shaina Paulson, Kelly Fillinger, Sammi Begeiman, Paul Gonzales, Phillip Collins, John Mark, Callum Barrass, Anthony Stivale, my brother from another mother Irfan Merchant, Ian Nelms, Jin Ryu, Mikel Ross, Pietro Staccia, the all around excellent Tom Hildreth (seriously BIG thanks), everyone at The Brick, Harris Productions, Sternman Productions, Mobile Motion Mocap, and of course my sweetheart Sylvia Mann. There are so many more wonderful people in LA who helped out in one way or another. Thanks again.
- V Boötis V Film -
From Weird Tales #353
‘I should note there’s some awesome stuff in this issue, but “The Garbacologist” is perhaps the most awesome.’ — Jeff VanderMeer
Cast off hopes and discarded dreams all take the form of tokens sought after by a handful of rare visionaries- some preserve them for their beauty, others eat them. Superimposed over our surroundings is another world, where stone pennies surround the ATM machines, blue marbles line the gutters, and suicide bunnies cluster under the street lights. They’re part of humanities most spectacular garbage. Secret societies, hidden worlds, ancient unseen forces at work, and an iconic spectrum of desire, hope, faith, and dreams form the backdrop of The Garbacologist.
A gritty urban fantasy series created by Jeff Johnson, Happy meets Daredevil
A - V Boötis V Film - Written and Directed by Jeff Johnson
Ralston Orley spent seventeen years hiding in the mountains waiting for the end. He never heard about the zombie apocalypse until the night he snuck into the nearest small town to steal some kerosene and a box of Twinkies. Now one renegade mountain hobo and a local mute kid with a gun have to kill their way to the sanctuary city of Fresno and try to get along while they do.
Below- some shots from the kinjiku
Ron Canada setting the stage
Ron’s voice is amazing on and off camera
Shooting in the same bar as Barbet Schroeder’s 1987 Bar Fly with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, a totally great feeling for all of us
The great Tom Hildreth twice
Tony Dennison and Tom Hildreth drinking with .38 caliber bullets in their glasses
Colette O’Connell (L) and Elizabeth Lambert (R) preparing to rule
Mark Bramhall - This man is a genius
Tony Dennison and Tom Hildreth on their third round of bullets
Closer on the saucy O’Connell and wild Lambert
Blurry Jeff Johnson drinking coffee in blinking light
My Brother Irfan Merchant with light coming out of him (R)
Tabbert Fiiller (L) and Jeff Johnson (R) arguing fiercely
The patient Lynette Coll studies a bullet before drinking it with bourbon
Hero 1st AD Heather Denton (R) saving all of us from certain death
The incredibly cool Isaac Gonzalez Rossi and Skye Coyne exchanging bullets
Once more for the truly amazing Mark Bramhall
.38 down the hatch
Miki Hamino (R) absolutely amazing performance