Flying Cars, an adventure drama, follows an aimless filmmaker who is stuck in his office job. Only weeks before his wedding, he develops a secret obsession with radio-controlled car racing, and meets a talented girl at the racetrack who agrees to coach him behind his fiancée’s back.
Writer/Director Dave Hill based the story on his childhood passion for RC-car racing, and teamed up with fellow independent filmmakers to shoot his film in just 3 weeks with the dirt roads of North Hollywood as the backdrop. “I grew up roaming warm, golden California fields with my brothers, getting down and dirty while racing RC cars on hot summer days. I wanted my first feature, Flying Cars, to capture this, so I sought to film the more rundown and dry areas of North Hollywood. I wanted to romanticize a side of the San Fernando Valley that some of the valley’s residents might otherwise feel embarrassed by,” said Hill in a press release.
Flying Cars stars Jeremy Schuetze (Man in the High Castle), Mackenzie Lintz (Under the Dome), Jared Kusnitz (Prom), and Regan James (My Friend Violet). Hill talked about the importance of finding the right cast:
After months of fruitless casting sessions, Vancouver-based Jeremy Schuetze sent us a tape that blew me away. ‘Flying Cars’ is a story about an anti-hero, Drew, who is struggling with the inner-tension of becoming a responsible adult wrapped in the fun, corny world of RC Cars. Jeremy brought so much passion and heart to this role, carrying all 90 minutes of the film on his shoulders. At wrap, there was no doubt Jeremy connected with the RC car world.
Being a huge fan of Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome series,’ Mackenzie Lintz was always on the top of my list for the role of Rachel. I was thrilled Mackenzie loved the script and signed on. Mackenzie’s character needed to be an unaware, RC car-obsessed tomboy who is equally dorky and alluring. Mackenzie nailed it.
The film’s various locations feature RC-car racing competitions with crowds of all ages, making it hard to believe this project was completed on such a small budget. Dave Hill said, “Pulling off massive RC car stunts on a shoestring budget would not have been possible without the support of the RC car community. We had some of the world’s best RC drivers come out and drive for us.”
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Flying Cars is an adventure drama premiering in theaters at the 22nd Dances with Films festival at the TCL Chinese Theater at 5pm, Sunday, June 23. Tickets are now available.