After watching the first season of the television series "The Walking Dead," Denis Henry Hennelly had an epiphany. He decided he should make an apocalypse movie.
Though not the first to pursue such a plot line, the screenwriter and director of "Goodbye World" set out to do it differently.
In order to separate himself from the 20-plus apocalypse films released since 2010, Hennelly set up a plot line that focuses on a group removed from the apocalypse. This angle made the film less an apocalypse movie and more a relatable narrative for viewers, he said.
"Goodbye World" will be screened Saturday and next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2013.
"Right now at any moment there are apocalypses going on all around us," Hennelly said. " And we are super glib, just like these characters, sitting down and drinking wine with our dinner while right next to us someone's world is falling apart."
In his movie, a text message reading “Goodbye World” pops up on the screens of every phone on Earth. Then a
Gaby Hoffmann portrays Laura, one of the characters living out the world’s end on top of the mountain. A native New Yorker, Hoffmann said she’s seen communities come together in the midst of tragedy, mentioning the Sept. 11 attacks and the destruction wrought by
"It's really nice to be part of a post-tragedy," Hoffmann said. "It's just too bad that's what it takes."
As natural disasters and tragic events continue to make headlines, Hennelly said, apocalypses, or individual perceptions of the world ending, make this film relatable. Hoffmann agreed, but said people can only take so much emotional impact.
"You have to sort of shut yourself down unless you're going to throw yourself into it," Hoffmann said.
In many ways Hoffmann said the characters in "Goodbye World" are doing the right thing by isolating themselves.
"They're saving themselves from the emotional shock," she said. "And sometimes that's just what you have to do."