Maximillian (Max) is in debt and has a serious addiction no one knows anything about. He begs family and friends for large sums of money, but no one's willing to help.
His successful older brother has doubts about why he needs the money. Max's only hope is his younger brother Kyle, who's collected a stash of money he's skimmed off his "side" gig. He just wants to leave this place for someplace better with his fiancé, Nena.
Bank letters pile up, threatening to take his house. Max is desperate to find a way out, all the while promising his pregnant wife that she and their young daughter will always have a home to live in.
With pressure increasing to find quick money, Max takes a big gamble. Hanging on to a thread of hope, he takes a blind chance to get himself out of debt, to put him above water. But as some will say, luck plays a wicked game.
Max is well on his way to acquiring the American Dream - a wonderful house, fancy car and beautiful family. But he faces some trouble. He reluctantly begs his successful brother for help, but a long history of jealousy clouds Max's view of him.
This doesn't help Max at all, making him demand more than his brother can feel comfortable with. It ultimately sends him deeper into debt. When reality sets in, he realizes his dream comes at a price, leaving a bitter taste in his mouth.
Kyle carries a big heart, but he can only see the world from an unfair advantage. Wanting to feel significant like his two older brothers, Kyle struggles to pull himself out of his little world of insecurities, leaving him hopelessly vulnerable.
Naively missing the big picture, Kyle secretly skims money off the top from his shady employers at his "side" gig. He wants to find someplace far away to start a new life with his deeply troubled fiancé, Nena. He thinks she's dependent upon him, but is she?
Nena is an enigma, even she wonders who she is. The years of running and hiding from her dark side has caught up to her. To cope, she keeps up an ongoing habit that she's successfully hidden. A well worn path can keep one stuck for an eternity.
But in life, timing is everything. When it looks as if her life will hopelessly fall apart, she's given a choice to drastically change it. Only then does she realize the one person who can help her, is her. Maybe she'll see she has a chance to live her own life.
Saxon Films was realized after a bit of struggle. I thought it egotistical, but since we're living in an age of self-development, self-expression and self-reliance, why not name it after myself. Saxon Films is an experiment in essentialism - to see what might be possible with very little. Daring to make films that explore the deep and dark complexities of our hearts, to make light of our darkest hours and somehow magnify our ever-present gems.
This story is loosely based on my younger brother and me. Each character playing a brother in the movie is a mixture of the two of us, so no single character entirely represents either of us.
The birth of the story occurred when I finally came to terms with my brother’s gambling habit. I didn’t want to face the truth, but had to to move forward with writing the story.
The hint of my brother's habit was made aware to me when he lost it when the L.A. Lakers missed a free throw in a playoff game. I thought it unusual to see him blow up and out of balance like this. I had no idea he placed a huge bet on the game.
He later revealed in a separate incident that he had won $25,000 in one week of sports betting, then lost it all the next.