When an out-of-work computer engineer, Duke Evans, relocates his weary family to a remote mountain community, their hope for the American Dream is shattered as planes fall from the sky and all power, communication and transportation comes to a halt. Caught in an unprecedented cyberattack rendering all “Made in China” computer chips useless, Duke and his family must use all their wits and the unlikely help of an illegal immigrant to survive this frightening scenario where food and water become as scarce as their dwindling freedom.
This is the story told by Matter Media Studio’s soon-to-be-released DRAGON DAY.
Director Jeffrey Travis says:
The idea for the script of DRAGON DAY first came to me in a half-sleeping dream. We had been up in the mountains, and my wife was driving us back to LA, while I dozed in the passenger seat. I dreamt I saw soldiers on the side of the road dragging people out of their cars, getting ready to execute them. This nightmare made me wonder what could ever make something like that happen in the U.S.
Our national debt was an issue I had spent time reading about. Having grown up in Argentina, where I saw the devastating implosion of the country because of its hyper-inflation, I began to imagine a scenario in which our addiction to debt finally came to a a head. The idea of a cyberattack began to slowly form, and I enlisted the help of Matt Patterson (co-writer/producer/DP) to help me write the script. We started exploring the idea of China attacking the US by implanting secret viruses in the microchips made in China — something that turns out is actually happening.
When I would pitch the film to people, I could rarely finish the logline before the reaction was “…[T]hat’s really going to happen”. Our joke was we had to finish the film before it became a documentary. The movie scares people, and it scares me, but it’s also meant to be a fun movie …
Back when we wrote the script, it seemed like no one knew what or who the NSA was. The film’s release is eerily timely in that [two of the film’s] characters … both work for the NSA, which we learn, has some culpability in the attack on Americans …
While the film explores a plausible scenario of an apocalyptic cyber-attack, I feel the movie is ultimately forcing us to ask ourselves a universal question: what do we need to be happy? What is truly important in life? What are we getting ourselves so much into debt for? What is the price of the so-called American Dream? Our characters Duke, Alonso, and Leslie never find themselves full of joy until the end of the movie, when they’ve lost all their material possessions, and have nothing left but their love for each other.
DRAGON DAY stars Ethan Flower, Osa Wallender, Eloy Mendez and is currently available for advance purchase on DVD/Blue Ray. It will begin screening in theaters starting Nov 1
Visit the DRAGON DAY website: http://www.dragondaymovie.com/