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Up on the Glass

Why work for other people?  That’s one question posed in Up On The Glass, a thriller that brings two men, from different walks in life, who have an interest in the same woman together, after years apart.  Full of tension and great dramatic performances, this thriller is bound to keep you up at night dwelling on its many themes as conversations become competitions and, finally, consequences that only lead to despair. 

"Full of tension and great dramatic performances, this thriller is bound to keep you up at night"

We aren’t fourteen minutes into director Kevin Del Principe’s Up On The Glass and the consequential class tensions are introduced as three friends meet up for an impromptu reunion with the scenery of Lake Michigan as a backdrop.  But all this beauty reveals an ugliness that can’t be kept at bat for very long.

It is here, amongst friends, where the issues are introduced (and later exposed and mined) as lives intertwine and fateful decisions are made which cast all out characters in different lights, revealing who they truly are.  

Maybe it is the alcohol.  Maybe it’s the stirring beauty of the natural surroundings, but - whatever it is - leaves Jack DiMercurio (Chase Fein), Andy Shelton (Hunter Cross), and Donald 'Moze' Mosely (Steve Holm) at each other’s throats at the very beginning of the movie only gets worse.

Because when Moze heads out, apologizing for his drunken behavior, it is the two of them and their actions - which includes even more drinking, an affair in spite of both men’s relationship with Liz Shelton (Chelsea Kurt), and strong desires for a clear path to the things that they want - which frames the rest of this thriller.

Written by Del Principe and Nikki Brown, this husband-and-wife filmmaking team take a murderous route to the American Dream with a sensibility that is very Midwestern - much like Nick’s viewpoint in The Great Gatsby - as Jack, lusting for the life his friend has, and Andy, treating everything as very disposable, share more than a few drinks as fateful blows to the face and gut place Jack in a very precarious position.Up on the Glass

Lake Michigan has never before been surrounded by this much ugliness.  Soon, Andy finds himself trapped in a lie and, with a body to dispose of, a life, while it features the woman of his dreams, that is an inauthentic experience due to his own actions and, as the cast expands, these characters push him closer to the breaking point.  

Can he go through with the charade?

With steady direction, the film builds with a tension that is not easy to shake off.  This is impacted with scenes that puts a scene as harmless as picking up groceries up against burying a body in the wilderness.  This back and forth perry works wonders to create tension, dread, and a solid third act which all comes cascades into a single terrifying moment which won’t be forgotten . . . ever.  

Up On The Glass, starring Chase Fain (On The Rocks) and Chelsea Kurtz (The Flash), will be released On Demand, Digital and Blu-ray through Gravitas Ventures.  It will be available On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray September 8.  Be prepared.

4/5 stars


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Up on the Glass

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
95 mins
: Kevin Del Principe
Nikki Brown, Kevin Del Principe
Chelsea Kurtz, Jessica Lynn Parsons, Hunter Cross
: Thriller

Memorable Movie Quote: "There's space out there. Men need that."
Gravitas Ventures
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September 8, 2020
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Synopsis: A wanderer named Jack DiMercurio secretly desires the life and wife of his more affluent friend, Andy Shelton. Past tensions resurface between the two men during an informal reunion at Andy's cottage on Lake Michigan. One heinous act allows Jack to draw close to Andy's wife Liz, but Jack finds living Andy's life is a dangerous lie.


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