Tut actor Avan Jogia teamed up with digital platform VFiles to contribute to the #VFilesDirectorseries presenting a short film with what I feel depicts the disconnect people have today with other humans and the complete obsession with social media and digital space.
In “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse,” Jogia pulls quadruple duty having wrote, directed, edited, and co-starred in the short film where he plays the bad guy Bones during the apocalypse. Enlisted as the male protagonist is Landon Liboiron (Degrassi: The Next Generation, “Hemlock Grove”) as Grim, a nonchalant guy who just died and is thrown into a purgatory state. His guardian angel Neon, played by Carlson Young (Scream: The TV Series) is on the journey with Grim through purgatory, avoiding Bones, and ever so desperate to figure out the WiFi password to connect to the internet.
So far, we know there are 4 episodes that have been filmed, episodes 1 and 2 debuted Thursday, April 21, and 2 more episodes will premiere next week. Each episode opens with a monologue of Grim talking about the same vision he keeps having and wondering if he’s dead or alive. Grim is friends with Neon, but can’t remember why, along with many other aspects from his past life.
Episode 1 entitled “War” introduces the audience to Grim and how he first interacts with Neon. Instagram won’t refresh, so you know it’s the end of the world. Insert Bones, “The lord of what’s left,” shortly after seeking a missing painting that he’s convinced Grim has. Is the painting stealing a play on stealing intellectual property online? There’s a melee of sorts and then we enter episode 2, “Conquest.”
Throughout the dialogue, Jogia’s script cleverly jabs at a society consumed with technology and the disconnect we have as human beings. There’s a line Neon has in episode 2 that says, “We’ve reached a point where we have more affection for our dogs than our daughters. Better relationships with our landlords and our lawyers than we have with our loved ones.” The conversation later goes on to express the need to be connected and “refreshing our feed” trying not to feel. Again, Neon wants that WiFi password.
It’ll be very interesting to see the other themes this film tackles and if Grim will remember any forms of his human self/past life. Of course we have to see what happens when Bones shows back up and his painting is still not in his possession; and if Neon ever connects to Wifi.
Jogia has always been a woke young man, subtly hinting and throwing shade on social media at the way society interacts or disengages within the realm we call life. This work of art proves that the 24-year-old has a message that needs to be boosted beyond his 1.7 million Twitter followers and flooded to the masses. Be sure to return to GGB next week, for new episodes of “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse.”
Watch episode 1 and episode 2 of “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse” below. Episodes 3 and 4 will be out next week. Be sure to come back and tell me what you think. Or hit me up on GGB’s social media accounts in the comments.
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