Ray Ottulich (alias ‘Cigar Joe’) has just hightailed it from Montana after clocking 3,000 miles (“unlimited mileage is unlimited mileage”) in a rental car. In the back he had almost as many miles of noir footage taken in the dark of night in the dives and railway yards of big sky country.
Back in New York he has spliced and diced his footage into his best noir short yet: Loanshark – Montana Noir. PI Tony takes on standover man and general slime-ball Buzz Croft, who has his claws in Sissy a girl gone wrong: booze, blues, country yodels, shoot-outs, locomotives, and rats along the railway tracks.
Ray packs into his 12 minute feature some truly arresting and mood perfect noir visuals along with a nicely satirical story-line. His editing is seamless, and his melding of an atmospheric soundtrack truly inspired – old country tunes from the likes of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Spade Cooley and His Band, and Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys, with a great instrumental coda featuring King Curtis’ Melancholy Serenade.
A real hoot and a holler! Watch it here courtesy of Ray and Vimeo.