Black Rock or Bust

Three friends on a road trip from Toronto to Burning Man must band together and overcome their beat-up old car.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Brendan Brady

Filmmaker’s statement

Black Rock or Bust is based on my experience of road tripping from Toronto, Canada to Burning Man in the Nevada desert, some four thousand kilometres away.

While Burning Man was, as expected, amazing, the trials and tribulations of being on the road in a broken down car – testing our friendship every day – made reaching the gates of Black Rock City a profound experience.

I think everyone who has chosen adventures with their friends can relate to high stress situations. It’s the way friendship is handled in these make or break moments that I am interested in exploring.

Black Rock or Bust showcases one of the pivotal moments on the journey to Burning Man which I hope to explore further in the feature version.

About Brendan Brady

Brendan Brady

Brendan Brady is a writer, producer, director and actor from Toronto.

In 2014 Brendan was selected as one of five residents at the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) producers lab.

After the lab, Brendan wrote, directed, produced and starred in the short film Black Rock or Bust which premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival (’16).

He produced, in association with the Breath Films, Colonization Road (dir. Michelle St. John) a one-hour documentary that premiered at imagineNATIVE (’16) and was subsequently sold to and aired on the CBC’s flagship documentary program, Firsthand.

In addition to filmmaking, Brendan has worked as a line producer and production manager for feature films including The Void, Don’t Talk To Irene and Mobile Homes. He also hosts the weekly podcast, Indie Film Lab.

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