on this day
at this show
the year is two thousand AND TWO
and all cory ellis wants is for
his band to FINALLY be taken seriously
LUCKY FOR HIM, A REP FROM VAGRANT RECORDS,
the hottest indie label in the country,
is coming to HIS show tonight.
this could be his one chance
to really make something of his life...
TRY AND KEEP YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, CORY
EMO KIDS is an ultra-low-budget indie feature, about one anxious kid and his small band, before, during and after the show that could change their lives forever. It’s a film in the one-location, low on plot high on character tradition of movies like Clerks, The Breakfast Club and Empire Records.
The film is set in 2002, a time before the word “emo” became a derogatory catch-all term for trend-hopping wrist cutters and artless corporate-backed copy-cat music. At that time, it was a word that to me, personally, just meant great music. Music that spoke directly to my insides: melodic, emotional, and often played with the intensity, passion and/or speed of punk rock. Bands like Saves the Day, Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Hey Mercedes, Thursday and the Early November and many more wrote songs straight from the gut that tore their way into my heart. I listened to, tried to play, and generally loved this music with a feverish intensity. And still do.
EMO KIDS is not, however, just a love letter to what I consider to be a golden era of a genre. It’s really a movie for anyone who is passionate about their dreams, about what they want their life to be, who maybe feels things a little more intensely than the average Joe/Jane, and who maybe sometimes let’s those feelings and emotions take over a little too much. It’s a character-study of a teenager at a crossroads but hopefully in the end, it’s also a movie about a lot of us who still want so much more out of life but don’t quite know how to make that happen, and the emotional toll that can sometimes take.
It’s a film that is incredibly personal to me.
I hope you’ll be a part of it.
Writer/Director of EMO KIDS