In the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, a jaded vice cop employs fringe science to help a city councilman embroiled in scandal retrieve his memory of the event.
What she uncovers is a far-reaching and deadly conspiracy of political corruption.
ARCHITECTS OF CRIME is the latest effort by award winning filmmakers The Derrick Brothers, whose short film F*ck You, Pay Me!, won Best Short in the 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival, and Best Short in the 2008 Africa in the Picture Film Festival.
The brothers have cast their cinematic magic again, with this thoroughly engaging sci-fi noir.
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Chief among the short's many highlights is its charismatic and diverse cast, most notably featuring a woman of color as the lead protagonist.
A casting choice that remains far too rare in genre film.
Rounding out the terrific ensemble is:
- Peter Lucas as Dr. Atkinson, a defrocked genius whose dangerous memory technology is key to unraveling the mystery
- Anna Zimhart as Jazmeen, a mysterious and deadly Russian assassin
The short also boasts exceptional cinematography.
Being filmed on location in the City of Angels gives the project dynamism and lends verisimilitude to its heightened, yet gritty, reality.
ARCHITECTS OF CRIME is just further proof The Derrick Brothers are among an exciting and visionary new vanguard of filmmakers to watch.