When civilization finally cracks, and the world turns on itself, it might be important to be surrounded by friends.
In Goodbye World, an apocalyptic drama that will have its world premiere on Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Adrian Grenier and Kerry Bishé (Argo) play a wealthy couple whose rural home becomes an oasis for all their old Stanford University pals after a mysterious cyber attack cripples society. For awhile, the emergency reunion seems like a nice opportunity to catch up on old times, but as reality closes in, friendships are tested as old resentments surface. “The beginning of the idea for me actually came from watching the first season of the Walking Dead,” says director and co-writer Denis Hennelly. “There was this moment where it became clear that somebody was bad news and needed to be taken out of the group. So [I latched onto] that idea of, ‘When you know that something is tearing apart a community, how do you deal with it?'”
Grenier’s character, James, retreated into the sticks to raise his family after selling his lucrative Silicon Valley company. “I think he senses just how delicate society is and he’s attempting to create a system of his own that he can rely on and that he’s in control of,” says Grenier. “The little plot of land that he has been cultivating for himself and his family suddenly is called into question because there’s a lot of people who need resources. The question is about ownership and who gets to dictate or own that haven. And these are all questions that come into play when things start to fall apart at the seams.”
But in this exclusive video clip, the old classmates are in full-on Big Chill mode, enjoying some wine and conversation while the world outside goes out with a whimper.
Goodbye World, which also stars Mark Webber, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi, Gaby Hoffmann, and Caroline Dhavernas, premieres Saturday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 13-23.