Darwin is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place without a government, a church, jobs, or children. The near-ghost town's survival depends on a fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top secret weapons are being tested. One "accidental" drop of a bomb, they half-joke, could wipe out their entire town.
“While making the film, I found that the Darwinites were not the crazies, drug addicts and low-lifes some people from surrounding areas would have you believe. Their lives, characters and opinions were far more complex. I wanted the film to truthfully reflect my experience in Darwin, while still exploring the weird and eccentric aspects of the place. With this film, I am hoping to give the audience a chance to learn more about people and lifestyles they would otherwise not know about, and perhaps be inclined to pre-judge if they did”, said director Nick Brandestini.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – selected for competition; Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival – selected for competition, Special Mention; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Big Sky Award for Artistic Vision.