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A Neo-Noir Gem: If You Liked Brick, You'll Love This Short Film

Nov 20, 2014 | 696 videos
Video by Zach Wechter

In this phenomenal short, a young detective must infiltrate rival gangs to investigate a puzzling murder. It's called Straight Down Low and it's directed by Zach Wechter, a filmmaker I'm sure we'll be hearing more about in the future. Wechter clearly draws inspiration from Rian Johnson's cult hit Brick, but his work is far from a rip-off; he's steeped this hard-boiled story with narrative twists built on race relations, sexuality, and class tension.

You can follow Wechter's work on Vimeo, or by visiting his site.

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Author: Chris Heller

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A showcase of short films curated by The Atlantic