Intensely Independent: The Micro-Budget Films of Blake Eckard [DVD]


Director: Blake Eckard
Starring: Tyler Messner, Joe Hammerstone, Roxanne Rogers, Arianne Martin, Blanche Eckard
Runtime: BUBBA: 85 Mins. / COYOTES: 73 Mins.
Language: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1) Presentations
Format: DVD
Street Date: Available NOW via Synapse Films’ website

UPC: 654930325193 Item #: SFD0228 Categories: , ,

“Bubba Moon Face is not a feel-good film. It’s not even a feel-okay film. It’s probably a feel-awful film.”
– Mark Bell, Film Threat

“Coyotes Kill for Fun is an independent film that needs to be experienced – it’s hard as hell to look away.”
– Dane Marti, We Are Movie Geeks

Fierce, gritty and micro-budget, the films of Blake Eckard are also incredibly controlled, intensely personal and genuinely disturbing expressions of true independent cinema. Guaranteed to agitate the viewer’s soul are Bubba Moon Face (2011) and Coyotes Kill for Fun (2017), two amazing feature films in Eckard’s oeuvre.

After a newborn baby is dumped in his lap, Horton Bucks (Tyler Messner) finds himself at the center of a tangled web of familial malevolence in Bubba Moon Face. Shot in a scant five days, with Eckard’s own child at its center, the film manages to create an oppressively authentic atmosphere of rural rancidity where love and kindness are in short supply. But a sliver of hope comes with the character of Horton, leading to what might be the least-awful resolution to an impossibly bleak situation.

In Coyotes Kill for Fun, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her dangerous boyfriend, but his brother is headed back to the area and he has vengeance on his mind. In contrast to the swift production of this disc’s companion feature, Coyotes Kill for Fun was filmed over three years in Missouri, Montana and L.A., with a trio of cinematographers shooting various chunks (Eckard, Bubba cinematographer Cody Stokes, and indie legend Jon Jost). But despite its on-again, off-again production, the film maintains a totally consistent – and utterly nightmarish – vision.

Special Features
  • Audio commentary on Bubba Moon Face
  • Jost on Eckard - Video interview with indie film legend, Jon Jost
  • Liner notes booklet by film critic Andrew Wyatt