NOVEMBER 27 2020
A. KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS presents
an AXEL KNIGHT film "DISSOLVERS" AXEL KNIGHT SLOAN HICKSON COCO LANE RIGBYE
GINA MANAGO ASHETON STOEVER music and sound design by AXEL KNIGHT edited by JANEEN SORIA
costume designer CHRISTIAN BOTOS production designer SHACK director of photography JACOB PETERSON
produced by AXEL KNIGHT, JACOB PETERSON, & ANTHONY LE written and directed by AXEL KNIGHT
In a dystopian future, a group of rebels called Dissolvers fight back against the totalitarian police state's horrific new capital punishment, "Ghosting."
"Several years ago, my mother told me a story of one night after a babysitting job, which she described to be one of the scariest nights of her life. Her car had died, help was going to be an hour wait, and as she sat in her car in the dark, two men began signaling with flashlights in the bushes in front of her, only to come out and start poking around the neighbor's house. After a tense few minutes of trying to not be seen, it was revealed that the men were cops on a stakeout, but she thought they were burglars.
This cinematic idea of the terrifying ordeal of being trapped in your car, witnessing a crime, hoping that you are not noticed, was the inspiration for the film, though I diverged from the original story quite a bit in the retelling. I decided to let it inspire this film. As we developed the script, I kept thinking back to Hitchcock's Rear Window, which has many similarities in story, and while this film was given a modern style, we studied what it was that made Hitchcock the master of suspense. The center of all his films, (and we hope this film as well) is having likeable, relatable characters, and seeing them in danger." -Axel Knight
Axel Knight is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently studying theatre and film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an actor, he has been working consistently in theatre and film since 2011, doing some work in Los Angeles, but most in his hometown of Las Vegas. His most recent acting credit was in his last short film, The Exam.
Gina Manago is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is currently an undergraduate at UNLV majoring in Entertainment Technology and Design. A majority of her work is done behind the scenes in theatre and film. She has been Master Electrician for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and a Stage Manager/Lighting Designer at Majestic Repertory Theatre. She has also worked at the Wynn for their critically acclaimed show, "Le Reve." When she's not behind the scenes, she's an aspiring actress, appearing in several shows and short films. Her most recent acting credit was playing Olivia in Axel Knight's theatrical production of Twelfth Night.
Asheton Stoever is a Las Vegas native and alumni of Green Valley High School. He is currently attending UNLV as a member of the stage and screen acting program. His most recent acting credit was in Bard at the Bar's theatrical production of Twelfth Night as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
DIRECTOR - WRITER - COMPOSER - SOUND DESIGNER
Axel Knight is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently studying theatre and film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been making movies since he was a little kid, usually acting and directing at the same time, inspired by actor/directors like Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Kenneth Branagh, and Buster Keaton. His recent career as a director has been mainly focused on theatre, directing six plays between 2015 and 2020 for various companies in Vegas, but he is now excited to return to film. Dissolvers is his fifth short film, preceded by last month's The Exam.
Christian Botos is a Las Vegas native with over 11 years of experience in theatre specializing in costume design. She is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Spring 2021. She has participated in several plays at UNLV as well as many independent short films. Her most recent work was in Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jacob Peterson is a local to the Las Vegas, NV area and has earned an associates degree in Film & Television at the College of Southern Nevada. A love for cinematography has led him to continue his education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to earn a bachelor's degree in film. Jacob is a content creator for Limitless Physical Therapy Services. His most recent film credit was as a cinematographer and producer onThe Exam.