RAINY DAY FRIENDS
Now available for purchase… an all-new special edition DVD of my film Rainy Day Friends starring Esai Morales, Chuck Bail, Carrie Snodgress, Janis Rule, and John Phillip Law!
“Rainy Day Friends means what it says. These days of doom and gloom require steadfast friends, and here they are.”
— New York Post
“Esai Morales makes a first-class rebel. He maintains a high-voltage aura of indignation.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
Sometimes something ignites a spark in the human spirit. That’s the way it happens for handsome, hot-tempered Neekos Valdez and tough ex-fighter pilot Smiling Jack Marti. Confined to a large Los Angeles Hospital as a ward of the city, Neekos denies his illness and generally disrupts the Hospital routine. He escapes to the streets to face life alone… sick, hunted, and haunted, trusting no one, not even his family. Smiling Jack, a fellow patient, comes to his rescue. An unlikely friendship develops, and these two warriors, one a War Hero, one a bad-ass kid from the streets, unite forces to defeat both their illness and an uncaring system. Straightforward and refreshing, this independent classic offers a rare and extraordinary glimpse of the struggle for life and self.
The Pyramid, filmed in l975 by Writer/Director Gary Kent, is an intriguing story of a television news reporter who has the audacity to try and change his stations news policy from negative to positive. Chris Lowe, a young man with a camera grown weary of the edgy and sensationalized drama, the hard-core violence that passes for prime-time programming, rebels. After being fired for his “audio-visual masturbation,” he takes his camera to the streets in search of stories that reflect a more upbeat and/or un-conventional covering of the news.
Chris takes the viewer on his personal journey, his quasi-documenting of the era’s zeitgeist, including interviews with real Psychics, Scientists, Astronauts, Moonwalkers, fire-walkers, Kirlian Photographers, wiccans, and a “ghost” that lives in a barn. Slowly, piece by piece, shot by shot, he discovers mirror images of his own sensation-ravaged soul, and begins to patch himself together again as a feeling, thinking human being.
With main performances by a talented cast of regional actors, The Pyramid has a freshness of young faces that was a hallmark of 70’s era flix. Combined with the aforementioned real movers and shakers in the “Consciousness Movement” and the contributions of major musical talents providing the film’s score, the cast and crew of The Pyramid remind you of why the l970’s were the last great gasp of the Independent movie as “Art Form.”
Starring: Charlie Brown, Ira Hawkins, Tomi Barrett, June Christopher and John Stoglin Parker
Appearing as themselves: Captain Edgar Mitchell, astronaut, sixth man on the moon; Dr. Thelma Moss, Neuro-psychologist, UCLA; Dr. Clive Baxter, Komar The Magnificent, et al.
Music by: Vaughn Meador, Karen Brooks, Douglas Dillard, and John Hartford Closing song and orchestration by Solomon Burke, called by Newsweek “The King of Soul,” and by Time Magazine “a spirit in the wind; so long as we breathe he will be alive in all soul singers.”
“A lyrical mood piece, a breaking away from cinema monsters, The Pyramid warns us that we are stalked night and day by real monsters at work inside our own psyches”
— Dave Coleman, BijouFlix
“Clearly a film for thinking individuals” — Brigette Byrne, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
“The type of urgently feel-good film Hollywood can only dream of making.”
— Carl Schroeder, The Boston Globe
RANDOM SIGHTINGS – Scenes and stunts featuring Gary Kent
MORE CLIPS FROM GARY’S FILMS:
Below are a few clips & trailers from some of the films Gary Kent has worked on over the years as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, director, special effects makeup artist, producer and actor. For a more complete list of Gary’s films please visit his IMDB page.