"This film awakens the young soul within and dares you to take the next step"
"Funeral Kings" follows a set of 14-year-old boys, all dying to grow out of their childlike bodies, meanwhile intimidated by sex, guns, parties and especially, girls. It's a perfect example of what interests the children of this era, and they're only getting younger as "Funeral Kings" proves to us. Though high school kids have always been the rightful notorious group, in this McManus-created reality, they're the older folk; the uninteresting, self-absorbed assholes, in contrast to the lively sponges we follow instead.
Charlie Waters is a defiant, baby-faced bag of emotions who is constantly trying to prove himself just as manly as the others, regardless of his height or child-like features. David Mason is the timid, well-balanced character, who thinks before acting, continually surprising his mates by his life story and social links. We then have Andy Gilmour, the more relatable character, ultimately the spectator and protagonist who mostly just enjoys the ride his friends easily pave.
These three characters bring a foul-mouthed, immature view of the world of middle-school and masculinity, redefining what it means to be a bad ass among your fellow classmates. The McManus Brothers are a powerhouse, providing modern cinematography that compliments well with similar-themed films, along with a perfect and unforgiving soundtrack brought by Darien Scott Shulman that gives the film its last tweaks to immediately plunge us into these boys' shoes. You will suddenly feel like cursing everyone that approaches you, spark up that notorious cigarette to add a touch of cool to your persona and, last but not least, fire a damn gun.
This film awakens the young soul within and dares you to take the next step, to fully and confidently take up your space and allow yourself to be heard. The McManus Brothers are calling out to a new, younger crowd in society with "Funeral Kings" and they will surely be heard.
Salvador Hernandez is a Texas native, studying under the MOV Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design since 2011. He is a current volunteer for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Hernandez works on his own independent projects to gain more experience when not studying or volunteering. The purpose of this blog is to unite film enthusiasts via the web to inspire conversation and to dissect the purpose and message of the short films screening in this year’s festival.