Working the night shift in a big city can be lonely. Especially if the city is LA and you're an early 20-something with a sun allergy. Jacob (Zak Kilberg) has blacked out the windows to his basement apartment and the only guy he interacts at work with is an older janitor who's a bit wacky. Plus he's having a problem with his diet.
On the upside he's just met a girl who also works nights, selling candy and cigarettes outside of bars. They start talking when he (a non smoker) buys cigarettes and listens to her talking about her meth selling boyfriend. After telling her she's worth more than that, he gets Mary (Maya Parish)'s number. So just a guy trying to make his way in the city.
Too bad he keeps craving blood.
At first rare steaks worked. Then the blood from the steak trays. Then Jacob finds a late night butcher. Things are going well until Mary, after a couple of lines, gets a nose bleed during their first make-out session. She thinks he's freaking out about the drugs. It's the taste of human blood that caught his attention. Jacob is trying to connect, but romance is hard to achieve when make out sessions get derailed by a bloody nose, transforming eyes, or the desire to make an extra deep hickey.
The need for blood also introduces Jacob to a hospital orderly with a not so legal entrepreneurial streak.
And then a police detective comes by his work to ask about one of the building's workers who had been killed nearby.
Jacob is a responsible young man. He tries to find sources for blood, first animal then human. He puts a stop to his relationship with Mary because he doesn't want to hurt her. He confesses to a murder he's not sure he's done. And yet....
In a film written and shot prior to the publication of Twilight, the Writer/Director Scott Leberecht strips down the vampire mythos to two conditions – sun allergy and need for blood. In the post screening Q&A Scott Leberecht discussed learning about the many many kinds of fake blood. "Blood for puddles, blood for flowing, blood for on faces, blood to be drunk." He sounded amazed and pleased that so many genre 'faces' like Larry Cedar (Leon from Deadwood) and Tracey Walter (with over a 160 IMDB credits) were willing to join his debut director effort. His belief in the project led to even some of the actors kicking in funding. They scrambled together enough money for a twenty-two night shoot, with a follow up shoot a year later. They were able to catch the eye of Blair Witch project's Eduardo Sanchez, which introduced them to someone familiar with post production. So this is another story of the little film that could, and could do it well.
No word on Canadian distribution yet.