Premiering in the Narrative Competition at SXSW, Matt Ruskin‘s Booster dives deep into the Boston underworld to tell a story about family, loyalty, and the looming specter of crime. Nico Stone stars as Simon, who is asked to commit a series of armed robberies after his brother is arrested for the same kinds of crimes. As the film’s poster asks – “what would you do for your family?” Just what will Simon do for his brother, and what effect will it have on both of their lives? Interestingly enough, Ruskin cast non-actors for his production from the area in order “to add a layer of authenticity and relevance to the film.” Such a choice brings to mind films like Act of Valor and Gummo and lauded television series The Wire, who all used the same casting aim (to mixed results).

The film’s very first (and very cool) poster was designed by Caspar Newbolt for Version Industries in Brooklyn. You might know Newbolt’s work and not even realize it, as he’s crafted a bunch of work for films and bands, including the Daft Punk soundtrack for Tron: Legacy. 

Prepare to get locked and loaded with the full poster for Booster after the break.


Booster will screen at SXSW on the following dates and times:

Monday, March 12 at 7:00 PM at the Stateside Theater
Tuesday, March 13 at 11:30 AM at the Alamo Lamar A
Thursday, March 15 at 9:45 PM at the Stateside Theater

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