Brad Pitt spent several years and about a bazillion dollars to film his adaptation of the Max Brooks novel “World War Z.” It only took Jeremy Gardner two weeks and $6,000 to make “The Battery,” which is receiving good reviews since its debut.
The film focuses on two former baseball players, Ben (Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), as they cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the back roads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other’s personalities—Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle—while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses to engage in Ben’s violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted. A bed, a girl, and a safe place to live.
When the men intercept a radio transmission from a seemingly thriving, protected community, Mickey will stop at nothing to find it, even though it is made perfectly clear that he is not welcome.
For most of the two weeks of production, the crew consisted of only 6 people: Gardner (director/writer/actor), Cronheim (actor/producer), Christian Stella (director of photography), Nick Bohun (sound recordist), Elise Stella (production manager), and Kelly McQuade (makeup/art director).
The Battery is now available in the United States to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, GooglePlay, VuDu, XBOX, PS3 Playstation Store, Sony Entertainment Network, CinemaNow, Nook, and many cable companies OnDemand.