On a barren planet, three elite warriors learn their final confrontation- a gang of 40- is waiting for them nearby.

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Director’s Vision for ‘Pinwheel Horizon’

How do we put ourselves back together after a stinging loss—or a palpable feeling of defeat? It’s a central question at the heart of Pinwheel Horizon, a film that explores how individuals respond when things fall apart.

Pinwheel Horizon is a minimalist fantasy/sci-fi narrative loosely inspired by Werner Herzog’s Lessons of Darkness and J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost. I love films that aren’t overcrowded, so the viewer can focus on the story and an aesthetic you can almost touch.

This was a (real) tough shoot in (really) remote locations with (really really) harsh weather, but our dynamic and rugged team faced things head-on, and Pinwheel Horizon is more immersive for it. I’m proud of what this cast and crew achieved together—from actors representing Black, Hispanic, and Assyrian communities to a crew with women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community in key roles. I mean it when I say these multifaceted talents—along with Cassie Stires in the lead role of Cyra—are the stars of Pinwheel Horizon; they elevated my screenplay at every turn.

If we achieved what we set out to accomplish, Pinwheel Horizon is cinema that dramatizes courage in the midst of loss—and the heroism of accepting the reality in front of us.