"Crackhead Katana is what happens when a bunch of stunt guys make a movie," says Eric Mainade, who directs the sword-wielding drug addict rampaging through Wynwood in the meta trailer for this action-packed short film.
If you didn't see it at the Borscht Film Festival, you can now watch it on YouTube, and if you like ninjas, blood, explosions, severed limbs, and the streets of Miami, you'll definitely enjoy it.
Here's the movie, and some more of what stunt man, and director, Eric Mainade has to say about it.
New Times: Watup, yo. This shit is awesome.
Eric Mainade: Thanks, man. This guy called John the Baptist, he's like a producer for Wu-Tang or something, cousins with GZA, has a bail bonds company, lives here in Miami, and a buddy of mine is friends with him, and he showed some other people. We're talking about turning this into a real feature, so we'll see what happens.
Talk about the stunts.
All the stunts were done by local stunt guys from either Miami or Orlando. The lead role of Crackhead Katana is played by local stunt man Justice Maynard. I'm from Miami, but I started working at Arabian Nights in Orlando. Every night I did a high fall, a chariot dump, horse work... A lot of the guys trying to break into movie stunts -- between Arabian Nights, Indiana Jones, and Universal Studios, they provide steady work for stunt people. A lot of guys will be hustlin', working here and there, so all the guys in Crackhead Katana were either from right here in Miami or guys I knew in Orlando.
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And you have your own stunt company here, right? What's that called?
Stunts Rigging Rescue LLC. Me and Luis Benitez, who is also a local stunt guy and rigger safety guy, we went to Highland Oaks Middle together in North Miami Beach and ended up meeting again later in the stunt world and starting this company.
What have you done lately?
We work for the biggest stunt coordinators in town. We've done some indie films, Burn Notice, Amazing Race, a Fiat commercial that just came into town with cars coming out of the water.
This film was originally funded by Borscht, right?
Borscht initially made it happen. Nobody else was gonna give me the money to do it. I was helping them out with some shit and I told them the idea, and they were like, "Fuck yeah, let's do it." Without them, there would have been no money, no equipment. We would've just been messing around, and it wouldn't have happened. They were crazy enough to help us, and the Knight Foundation was crazy enough to help them. So big shout-out for that.