Cinephellas Podcast – Episode 7 (Olson Brothers Interview)

A Conversation with the Olson Brothers

by Chris Rzigalinski

It’s hard enough directing a movie when one intelligent mind is behind the camera. But brothers Obin and Amariah Olson find a way to merge two brilliant perspectives. Their latest project, The Shadow Effect, explores the consequences of trauma on Gabriel (played by Cam Gigandet), an ex-Navy Seal unaware he’s in the throes of a scientific experiment. As a result, the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. Gabriel must figure out if his murderous flashbacks are delusions or if the mysterious Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is manipulating him. Along the way, Gabriel is forced to question the sincerity of the people closest to him, including his wife, Brinn (Britt Shaw).

The Olson Brothers bring to life a tight script written by Chad Law, Evan Law, and Tony Feole. I got to talk with them about the psychological phenomenon at the heart of the film, their interest in an American colonial secret society called the Sons of Liberty, and how artists can make their work stand out among the oversaturated digital media landscape. Our conversation provides an illuminating context for the film that you can check out on May 2nd, when it becomes available On Demand and on DVD. The Shadow Effect deserves 4.5 out of 5 hairpieces for its many surprises and a compelling performance by Cam Gigandet. I look forward to seeing where his career goes from here, and I hope you will feel the same.

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