DIFF 2017: Bomb City


Bomb City is a crime drama directed and co-written by Jamie Brooks and based on the true story of Brian Deneke, an Amarillo skater/punk teen who was killed in a hit-and-run incident. The person behind the wheel was a high school jock named Dustin Camp.

Let’s talk about the production value of this film. It is rare to find the quality cinematography (Jake Wilganowski) in such a local independent project. The first five minutes is perhaps the most stunning sequence I have seen in a while. It quietly lets the audience absorb the tone of the film. And that quiet intensity remains for most of the film, except, of course, when the intensity of the conflict surfaces.

As far as the actors, one to watch is Dave Davis (Walking Dead, True Detective) who plays Brian. Brian is different. The whole Amarillo punk tribe is different. And that disturbed the community. It wasn’t that these kids stayed out of trouble, but they were under the microscope more than the jocks and the preppies that were far from innocent.

Bomb City cuts back and forth between the story and the courtroom drama that followed that tragic night. Glenn Morshower plays defense attorney Cameron Wilson. The argument was that Camp acted in self defense. The film also stars Lorelei Linklater, Logan Huffman and Eddie Hassell.

For me, the message of the film is a demonstration of what can happen when two completely different worlds collide. And that a lack of compassion and understanding can lead to tragedy. Hopefully Bomb City can encourage dialog and change.

Bomb City was the Opening Night film at the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival. Here is are the red carpet interviews with director/co-writer Jamie Brooks, cinematographer and actors Dave Davis (Brian), Logan Huffman (Ricky), Luke Shelton (Cody Cates), Eddie Hassell (Oles) and Dominic Ryan Gabriel (Jason).


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