5 Reasons We Love Alex Essoe’s ‘States!’

States, Alex Essoe

Indiecan Entertainment presents an engaging ensemble cast in the coming-of-age comedy/drama, States, starring Alex Essoe and Jeremy O. Harris. Writer/director Zach Gayne is able to capture on camera such wonderfully drawn and completely eccentric characters. 

A transient road film featuring an array of young drifters wandering throughout the U.S. with varying degrees of purpose, or lack-thereof, States is a multifaceted meditation on freedom – via Twain, Kerouac, Altman, Linklater and an outsider’s love letter to America and the searchers of its endless highways.

Here are 5 reasons why you should see States:

5) Alex Esscoe!

Alex Essoe has such a vibrant attitude and wild energy as her character, Grace Genet. Grace (Essoe) uses her irresistible charm to convince a smitten taxi driver to take her all the way to Las Vegas. Essoe is laugh-out-loud as Grace rants about the audition process, while getting lost on the highway.  

4) Jeremy O. Harris!

Jeremy O. Harris is quite humorous and playful as his character, Simon. Surrounded by over-the-top and seductive travel buddies, Harris does a great job keeping Simon grounded. Simon (Harris) tries to stick to his morals while being entranced by consequence-free behavior.

3) The Road Trip!

The cinematography by Zach Gayne captures a middle-class Americana, rooted in suburbia and blue collar class. Gayne keeps his eye on the backgrounds, focusing on the different landscapes.

2) The Director!

Gayne treats his cast of characters as if they are appealingly weird. He never shames them for their eccentricities, but basks in the fact that they are oddballs. They’re all trying to find their place in America at a turbulent time. 

1) An Amusing Comedy!

States

From start to finish, States is full of ambitious and downright eccentric characters. Audiences will definitely get a kick out of this experimental film.  

States arrives in New York theaters (Cinema Village August 2-7) this August. 

By Jorge Solis

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