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Local indie film worth the ride
by Cortney Maddock
Jun 04, 2008 | 1876 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo - Carly Heck (Monica Jayne Booth) acts out a scene from the film "Pyramid Highway" with actor Michael Barnett.
Courtesy Photo - Carly Heck (Monica Jayne Booth) acts out a scene from the film "Pyramid Highway" with actor Michael Barnett.
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For any northern Nevadan who has driven the length of Pyramid Highway, it seems like nothing more than another boring Nevada road. But in the independent and locally shot and produced film “Pyramid Highway,” the boring stretch of road becomes the enforcer of karma.

The film, which has been in the works for more than two years, had its second screening on Tuesday night at the Zulu Supper Club. Katie Ishoy of Bar Fly Productions and screenwriter Ken Locke were in attendance and expressed how much work went into the film.

Ishoy and Locke both worked two jobs and personally financed the movie, sometimes with help from family, but the end result is worth it.

“Pyramid Highway” is the story of Carly Heck, a mother who should not be anyone’s mother and doesn’t learn her lessons – even the hard way – when the universe finally resorts to enforcing Carly’s bad karma.

Carly, played by Carson City resident Monica Jayne Booth, is stubborn, self-centered and hopeless, but that doesn’t stop film watchers from rooting for her. As she continues to make mistakes, which eventually leads to losing her two small girls and 15-year-old son, both the audience and Carly start to give up hope.

Carly is married to Russell and she describes her marriage as the product of a small town and falling for the first guy to buy her a meal at the local waffle shop. But in a graphic scene at the beginning of the film, Russell dies of an overdose while shooting up crack at a truck stop with some women he just met, and that is all we know of Russell.

The audience’s detachment from Russell’s character makes his death nothing more than a speed bump in Carly’s roller coaster life, which makes it hard to empathize with her character’s grief.

After her husband’s death, Carly turns to alcohol and drugs — something she was already doing to cope with her life. Carly’s son, Hunter, steps in to help compensate for his mother’s lack of parenting and takes care of his sisters, but as a result struggles to deal with the events that have taken over his life.

Hunter ends up calling the cops on his mother, and that’s not even the low part. Carly continues to spiral out of control and it finally takes the threats of Russell’s drug dealer to send her running – but not to safety.

Without giving the movie away, Carly gets what she deserves when she finally sees that blaring white light. (And no, it is not God.)

Overall, the story of “Pyramid Highway” is convincing and is reminiscent of headlines our community sees every day of unfit parents and children trying to fix their parents’ mistakes.

This film is definitely worth seeing and since Ishoy and Locke and trying to get the film set up with independent film festivals, chances are if you missed the first two screenings you might be lucky to catch it again.

Beware the graphic scenes of drug use and sex. These scenes are artfully used to show just how low Carly will go.

For more on the movie, visit www.barflyproductions.com. Ishoy and Locke will be screening the film in Berkley, Calif. on Saturday and making a stop in Sacramento, Calif., in late June.

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