Detonation Point was created as the first in a new anthology series of short films in the summer of 2007. When a highly-paid advertising executive refuses to use an old rental car before an important convention the car’s tape deck mysteriously comes to life, sending him back in time to the quaint small town of his childhood. Or so he thinks. A variation on the age-old theme that one can’t go home again (or shouldn’t want to), Detonation Point could be called a contemporary retelling of the ancient myth of fingerprints, the false notion that impressions or artifacts left behind and unchanged to history somehow guarantee that feelings, memories and emotions will also be unchanged.
BRIAN PAPENDICK (Phil Cotter) is a veteran of the stage, and this is his second short film, having appeared in “What is Real?” by Peter Johnston. Brian is a graduate of Alma College, The National Shakespeare Conservatory and the Purple Rose Theatre Company Apprentice Program; he is also a proud member of Actors Equity Association and resides in Midland with his wife.
JASON SCHULTZ (Max Cooper) started his career with Saginaw, Michigan's Pit and Balcony Theatre as Kay in “The Snow Queen” (1986) and last appeared there as Frankie in “Forever Plaid” (1997). He toured the Midwest with the For A Good Time Theatre Company performing for thousands of children and worked as an actor and theatre administrator in New York City. He now resides in Ortonville with his wife and four children.
Writer/director JOSEPH JOHNSTON was inspired to make this film after he discovered a tape he made in high school called “The Best of Times” full of sad, old blues songs. He has worked on stage with Jason, Brian and Peter before, both as an actor and director, in plays ranging from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to “Cabaret” and “The Crucible.” This is his first narrative film and first screenplay. He is a graduate of Alma College and resides in Wyandotte with his wife and two children.
Cinematographer PETER JOHNSTON is also a director whose first short film “What Is Real?” featured both Brian Papendick and Joseph Johnston. His second short film “Internet 5” just had its world premier in Chicago. Peter is a graduate of Alma College and will be working towards a Master’s Degree in digital media at Michigan State University in the fall.