Debbie and Doug (Angela Gulner and Zack Gold) are desperate to re-ignite the fire of their once passionate marriage, but thier future is uncertain. About to hit rock bottom, they enlist the help of an alternative therapist (Maria Bamford) who claims that the only way to save their relationship from impending death is to take acid in Joshua Tree. When they accidentally take ' way, way, way too much' of this prescribed antidote, Debbie and Doug are transported into a hallucinatory world filled with bizarre and hilarious characters (Larry King and Paul Scheer) who shed a unique light on the problems affecting both their relationship and themselves—forcing them to journey within to learn a sobering lesson in love.
ANGELA GULNER (DEBBIE)
Angela Gulner is an actor, writer, producer, and podcaster best known for her indie dark comedy "Binge". She has an MFA in Acting from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard, has performed classical theater on stages all over the world, and has been seen on "Stalker", "Silicon Valley", and "Glee". You can listen to her feminist comedy podcast "Welcome to the Clambake" on Campfire Media or wherever you listen to podcasts. www.angelagulner.com.
ZACK GOLD (DOUG)
Zack has appeared on television series The Colbert Report (Comedy Central), as a recurring character in Adam Ruins Everything (TruTv), Dig (USA) and Deal With It (TNT). In 2014 & 2017 Zack was nominated by the International Academy Of Web Television for Best Comedy Actor in A Digital Television Series for his role on the viral comedy hits, Stockholm & Gridlocked (Funny or Die).
PERES OWINO (THE UNIVERSE)
Peres is an LA Ovation nominee who has appeared in over two dozen plays in New York and Los Angeles. She’s played coveted roles like Hamlet in the LATC presentation of “Hamlet: Princess of Nubia” and Lady Macbeth in the Coleman and Smith Artistic company’s presentation of “Mocbet”. Her recent acting credits include the Off-Broadway production of “Supernatural”, “Break The Whip” directed by Academy Award ® winning director Tim Robbins, “Red Noses” directed by Tony Award ® winning director Dominique Serrand and the feature film “Default” opposite David Oyelowo (Selma). Her voice has also landed her roles in films like Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and Sasha Baron Cohen’s film “The Brothers G
PAUL SCHEER (MICHAEL HODORWITZ)
Paul Scheer is most known as a star of the FX/FXX series The League and as the co-creator and one of the stars of the cult MTV sketch series Human Giant, as well as the Adult Swim comedy-action-parody series NTSF:SD:SUV::. He co-hosts the popular film discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside his wife June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. He is a recurring actor on the HBOcomedy Veep and the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat. In September 2017, it was announced Scheer will helm a TV reboot of Galaxy Quest for Amazon. In 2018, Scheer won a SAG award for his work on Veep
MARIA BAMFORD (ARIEL)
Maria was born in Port Hueneme, California at the Naval Base. She started stand-up in Minneapolis at the age of 19 at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret and 10 years later, made her first appearance on the Tonight Show! Since, Maria grown into one of the most appreciated stand-up comedians in the world. She is most well known for her Netflix series LADY DYNAMITE and well as stand-up special OLD BABY.
AL THOMPSON (TRUTH)
Al Thompson has appeared in numerous films and television shows including: The Royal Tenenbaums, A Walk to Remember, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, ESPN’s A Season on the Brink, Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street and Law & Order. He has received acclaim for his performance as Derrick the troubled protagonist of Larry Fessedan’s Liberty Kid.
Recently Al was awarded Best Actor at the New York Television Festival and was a finalist at the NBC Diversity Program.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
I never know how to start these things. It’s an exercise in my anxieties, and I get all obsessed about word counts and whether or not I should just be vulnerable and say what is really inside. Like how this film came screaming out of me in a dark time and it became incandescent, and in it, so much heavy weight evaporated. I’m never sure if I should just admit that when all the color ran out of the world, and I was the biggest asshole to myself, I decided to tell another story, about people desperate to love the person right next to them and somehow having forgotten how to do it. A comedy about people taking acid in the desert, and encountering the most fantastic manifestations of every facet of their souls, and the immeasurable beauty of the growth they can do when they walk through that fire. When I was able to convince myself to take a chance and ask a few people to drive out to the desert and rent an Airbnb and make a movie I was humbled by the group that came together, and I marveled at the magic we made, and I thought about how weird it would be if I mentioned that in a director’s statement. A friend of mine, she asked me on a random night in March, what was the point of the movie? And I thought about it, and I could only say “That love is the answer.” And I knew that it was right, and I printed it on a label maker and stuck it to the top of my computer and it reminded me every day why I was making this movie that I so dearly love, made by the people that I love. I hope you find something beautiful in it. Thank you for watching. I hope this wasn’t too weird. - Scott Brown
SCOTT BROWN (Director, Co-Writer)
Scott Brown is an Emmy-Nominated Director and Writer who began working in digital. After creating numerous scripted independent web series to critical acclaim Scott was brought on to launch Larry King’s digital Venture with Carlos Slim: Ora Media. After directing over 750 episodes of the Hulu Show Scott was tapped to Direct and Produce Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Digital Empire: Seven Bucks Digital Studios. 100 episodes later, including a musical with Lin Manuel Miranda, Scott left to start his own digital production company Liquid Light, where he serves as Chief Creative Officer. This film feels like the culmination of all that, and that’s really exciting.
CHRIS COLLINS (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Chris is a Los Angeles based cinematographer who has been fortunate enough to film projects around the world. From remote villages off the grid in West Africa to favelas in Rio de Janeiro, each project has shaped his world view and shooting style. Chris’ films have won multiple awards and screened at BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival, and many more.
JESSICA GOLDSTEIN (PRODUCER)
Jessica Goldstein has been in production for 9 years, her experience ranges from Emmy nominated documentary programs such as The Keepers for Netflix to Hyundai’s 2017 critically acclaimed “Operation Better” Super Bowl commercial. Jessica continues to love creating content that is breaks the mold and inspires an audience beyond their time in front of the screen.
DYLAN SACHSE (PRODUCER, 2nd Unit DP)
Dylan Sachse has a passion for creating engaging video that reaches the masses. After cutting his chops in the premium YouTube space with over 140M views and over 300 videos under his belt, Dylan continues to cultivate an audience both online and beyond.
MINER (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Miner is a folk-rock, family band based in Los Angeles, formed by husband and wife Justin & Kate Miner. On the success of their self-produced debut album Into The Morning (recorded in a spare bedroom with a single microphone) and their joyously enthusiastic live show, they got the attention of producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses), who signed on produce their sophomore album Tuanaki.