VIENNA is a young “alternative” nude model who lives with her indie-musician boyfriend ZACK in Redlands, California (a bleak Inland Empire city sixty miles east of Los Angeles). Controlling and hypocritical, Zack uses Vienna’s earnings to further his own musical career as Vienna attempts to build a creative life of her own. Their lives are forever changed when Vienna meets ALLAN, a balding middle-aged amateur glamour photographer; unemployed and recently divorced, Allan’s unassuming behavior camouflages his feelings of inadequacy and his building resentment toward others.
An arthouse take on a film noir storyline with elements of black humor, REDLANDS breaks all the rules of traditional American indie filmmaking, following instead in the innovative footsteps of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Featuring a controversial performance by “America’s Next Top Model” winner Nicole Fox and written and directed by John Brian King (author of “Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers”), REDLANDS is a dark voyeuristic film that slowly builds to a savage denouement.