No Alternative, directed and co-written by William Dickerson, centers on Thomas (Conor Proft) and Bridget (Michaela Cavazos), siblings who use music for different purposes. Influenced by grunge rock and affected by Kurt Cobain’s death, Thomas wants his outfit to be more than just another garage band. Bridget’s music discovery is much more recent, as she discovers hip hop may be a great way for self-expression.
Based on his 2012 novel, No Alternative is also inspired by his late sister. “A lot of it comes from my own life,” said Dickerson. “My sister Briana, she suffered from borderline personality disorder and she used the character of Bri Da B, this hardcore gangster rapper to kinda channel her emotions and get outside of her won turbulent mind. I always thought that would make a great character for a movie. But this movie is not just about this preppy white girl who becomes this gangsta rapper – that could end up being a broad comedy. I wanted there to be pathos in it and show how my sister was suffering and how she dealt with it. Mental illness and the stigma behind that is a big reason why I made the film.”
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No Alternative, co-starring Harry Hamlin and Kathryn Erbe, is now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.