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Phoenix (2006)

Unrated | | Drama | 30 January 2006 (USA)
Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Chad Bartley ...
Dylan Wells
Demetrius Stone
Ken Sparks
Lewis (as Conrad Corral)
Resort Trainee
Laura Slik ...
Resort Clerk
Work Site Security Guard
A.J. Sullivan ...
Detective Smith (as AJ Sullivan)
Michael D. Akers ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Akers Michael)
Sandon Berg ...
Additional Voices (voice)


Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great apartment and an exciting relationship with Ken Sparks (Gaetano Jones, Boystown), his sexy well traveled boyfriend who just might be "the one." A great life, or so he believes, until Ken's visit for Dylan's 23rd birthday party is unexpectedly cut short when Ken is suddenly called away to tend to a failing real estate deal, and then disappears.

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Release Date:

30 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Michael Akers' Phoenix  »

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The art piece that Ken gives to Dylan looks very similar to the urn that Jack has his mother's ashes in in Aker's film "Morgan". See more »


Remake of L'Avventura (1960) See more »

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Decent little indie film
20 February 2007 | by (near Philly) – See all my reviews

This is a short film (90 min), and could have been even a little shorter, that has the feel of a polished film school project. Ack. I didn't mean that to sound so disparaging. Most significantly, the writing and the characters have an honest feeling; I was never surprised that the characters acted the way they did (not always the case for little films like this), there were no whopping plot holes, and nothing seemed too cliché. For example, I can imagine the temptation to make the older gay couple (in 2 scenes) into the "wise sages," but here they're much more the bitchy queens (but not quite to the point of being grating; you still kind of like them). Plot basics: Kenneth arrives from Phoenix (hence the title) to celebrate bf Dylan's birthday, and pledges that when this business deal is wrapped up, he'll move to LA for good. Flies back to Phoenix to fix the broken business deal, but when Dylan shows up to surprise him, he is nowhere to be found. The surprise is when Kenneth's Phoenix-based bf Demetrius shows up, and the two discover the deception as they also discover they've both been left behind. The rest is basically a little 2-character movie. Does true love rise from the ashes? Watch and see. Sweet and sexy love scene, if that matters to you; both of these actors are quite appealing.

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