the 19th ride - an odyssey by mare costello

The World was shutdown but the road was always open.  Like many, our “Driver” played by Mare Costello, is in the middle of nowhere and somewhere fumbling through each day since March 6th, 2020 when her life and so many others began to unravel because of a microscopic killer and a country divided with no real leader. Our journey begins March of 2020 in the Upper Peninsula, MI where our Driver's anguish makes living in her own skin unbearable. Out of sheer frustration she makes a snap decision that catapults her on a cross country ride with her Terrier mix rescue dog “Dog,” played by newcomer Skittles. The driver’s hopelessness and anxiety are slowly drawn out the further and further they enter the bigness of the American landscape and the charm of its people.

Gorgeously filmed in six states entirely by Costello mostly with smart phones using the four elements of nature creating this experimental, black and white, silent, Covid comedy odyssey. The entire mesmerizing and emotional score of this “silent” movie was composed and produced by Mare embracing traditional instruments, found objects, field recordings, digital and vocal.

Genres:  Dark Comedy, Experimental, Black and White, Independent, Arthouse, Neo Noir, Documentary, Cute Cinema, Loner, Roadtrip

Click here to read VideoMaker Magazine's 2017 August featured filmmaker, Mare Costello.

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