June 13, 2024

Carlo Mendez Joins Desolation: First Stills Released

DesolationOne of the most interesting concepts I’ve run across lately is Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Higgin’s double movie feature and documentary Kill The PA.  Principle filming began earlier this month as Cameron is surrounding herself with indie elites like Tristan RiskRyan M. Andrews, and many more.  The group will be traveling cross country while filming two films (Desolation and Mania).  They will be filming a documentary revolving around the films and the craziness that ensues as they travel the United States.

Scaretissue.com was just passed along a press release for another casting update as Carlo Mendez joins the cast.  The full press release is as follows (and includes the first stills from the film):


Exclusive First-Look Stills From Set

The cross-country triple road movie extravaganza produced by Mem Ferda and executive produced by Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Scott Higgins has added actor Carlo Mendez (Parks & Recreation, The Bay) to the feature film Desolation.

Desolation is directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews. The plot of the film is as follows: Along the back roads of America, a hitchhiker is waiting. Gorgeous, mysterious and full of sadistic rage, what chances do an unsuspecting couple have against her?

The movie also stars Tristan Risk (American Mary) and Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare). Mendez is playing the role of “Salvador” opposite Jessica Cameron who plays his wife “Heidi” in the feature film. He is the brother of actress Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious, We Own The Night).

The feature film Desolation is one of three features included in the ambitious, first of its kind project. A group of indie filmmakers packed into an RV and are filming 3 movies while traveling across the United States. The other project, being directed by Jessica Cameron is titled MANIA, from a script written by Jonathan Scott Higgins. The 3rd movie is a feature-length making of documentary aptly titled Kill the Production Assistant. It chronicles the production of these two films to give viewers an inside look at independent filmmaking at its finest.

The group of filmmakers have already begun shooting and have filmed in California, Nevada, & New Mexico. To find out more about the project and where they are headed next, please visit their website at: www.killtheproductionassistant.com.

The filmmakers were kind enough to pass along the first stills from the many sets of Desolation. More information about each film can be found at the social media links below:


Directed by: Jessica Cameron

Written by: Jonathan Scott Higgins

Starring: Tristan Risk & Ellie Church

Tagline: A f@cked up lesbian love story

Synopsis: Two lesbian lovers are forced to flee cross-country after a brutal murder changes their lives forever.

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ManiaTheMovie

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ManiaTheMovie



Directed by: Ryan M. Andrews

Written by: Ryan M. Andrews

Starring: Tristan Risk, Jessica Cameron, & Carlo Mendez.

Tagline: She’s been waiting for you

Synopsis: Along the back roads of America, a hitchhiker is waiting. Gorgeous, mysterious and full of sadistic rage, what chances do an unsuspecting couple have against her?

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DesolationtheMovie

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DesolationMovie


Kill the PA

Directed by: Aaron Lane

Synopsis: A feature-length making-of documentary, chronicling the travels and filming of MANIA and Desolation. This is a chance for audiences to see a grassroots approach to independent filmmaking.

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KillThePA

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KillThePAdoc


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