Danny Madden, director of the Georgia-lensed feature film Beast Beast, tells a story of three high school kids growing up in a quiet southern town. The Peachtree City raised director recently had the opportunity to screen the film at the Sundance Film Festival in late January.
For Beast Beast, Madden takes his award-winning short film, Krista, and transforms it into an unsettling feature-length exploration of adolescence, performance and identity. Shirley Chen, who plays Krista, gives a remarkable performance with a sense of the vulnerability and joy of falling in love for the first time. Alongside Chen’s performance, Will Madden (who plays Adam) and Jose Angeles (who plays Nito) deliver disquieting turns as young men grappling with their individuality in the most uncertain moments of their adolescence. Overall, the film captures what it means to come of age in an era that is constantly shaken by technology and social media.
Beast Beast was executive produced by Alec Baldwin alongside Georgia-based producer Tara Ansley. A large contingency of the production team are alumni of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, including Madden, Ansley, Lauren Wilde (head of hair and make-up), Will Madden (actor and acting coach), and Jonathan Silva (grip). The film sold out within minutes at Sundance and is being distributed by XYZ Films and Vanishing Angle.
Read the piece in the March/April issue of Oz Magazine.