THE KINJIKU

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, Callum Barrass, Anthony Stivale, Irfan Merchant, Ian Nelms, Jin Ryu, Mikel Ross, Pietro Staccia, the all around excellent Tom Hildreth (seriously BIG thanks), everyone at The Brick, 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.

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Below- some shots from the various sets

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Ron Canada setting the stage

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Ron’s voice is amazing on and off camera

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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

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The great Tom Hildreth twice

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Tony Dennison and Tom Hildreth drinking with .38 caliber bullets in their glasses

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Colette O’Connell (L) and Elizabeth Lambert (R) preparing to rule

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Mark Bramhall - This man is a genius

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Tony Dennison and Tom Hildreth on their third round of bullets

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Closer on the saucy O’Connell and wild Lambert

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Blurry Jeff Johnson drinking coffee in blinking light

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My Brother Irfan Merchant with light coming out of him (R)

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Tabbert Fiiller (L) and Jeff Johnson (R) arguing fiercely

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The patient Lynette Coll studies a bullet before drinking it with bourbon

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Hero 1st AD Heather Denton (R) saving all of us from certain death

A little music from Alfred B-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNhVPdKtsfE

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The incredibly cool Isaac Gonzalez Rossi and Skye Coyne exchanging bullets

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Once more for the truly amazing Mark Bramhall

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Fabulous

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.38 down the hatch

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Miki Hamino (R) absolutely amazing performance