Low Tide centers on Alan (Keean Johnson), a high school youth who spends his summer breaking into the homes of New Jersey residents with his friends Red (Alex Neustaedter) and Smitty (Daniel Zolghardri). During one of their exploits, Alan brings his younger brother Peter (Jaeden Martell) along, and they find a bag of gold coins in the home of a recently deceased man.
Directed and penned by Kevin McMullin, Low Tide is an introspective and compelling thriller about brotherhood and the perils of greed, and during out interview with Keean Johnson he talked about his immediate attraction to the project.
“Not only did he write the best script that I had read that year, but he also put a little treatment together,” said Johnson. “He spent one day walking around New Jersey just shooting certain things – he just wanted to make this lookbook of how he envisioned the movie looking and feeling. It was a short little video and that small video triggered such a passion. I saw the look and aesthetic he was bringing to this guerilla shoot. He was shooting by himself. I knew then I wanted to be a part of (Low Tide) in any capacity.”
In the past couple of years, Johnson has collaborated with directors Roland Emmerich (upcoming feature Midway), James Cameron, (Alita: Battle Angel) and now McMullin (who’s a first-timer). Click on the media bar to hear Johnson talk about taking in “so much” information and lessons from these filmmakers:
Low Tide hits theaters October 4.