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Sam Quartin, Eden Brolin and Kerry Mondragon on the Pandemic Thriller Tyger Tyger [Exclusive Interview]

Sam Quartin
Sam Quartin starred with Dylan Sprouse in Tyger Tyger

Slab City, Calif. is one of those places most people never heard of. It is an isolated off-the-grid squatter community in the middle of a desert in Imperial County. Once an abandoned military camp, it now serves as a place where young people don’t want to be found.

For director Kerry Mondragon, he captured the culture and society of Slab City in his pandemic thriller of Tyger Tyger. In this hyperrealistic movie, he focused on the environment as much as he can that brings the authenticity of the underworld, particularly including actual non-actors representing the counterculture with professional actors and storyline.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Tyger Tyger follows a woman named Blake, who while waiting for her test results during a pandemic, robs a pharmacy for life-saving medication, ditches her insolent boyfriend, and makes a deal with a drug addict named Luke, to help distribute the stolen medication in the fringe lands. During the life-or-death adventure, they are chased through the labyrinth of the lawless city by its self-appointed gatekeepers Tammie and Uncle Joe.

The cast includes Dylan Sprouse, Sam Quartin, Eden Brolin, Craig Stark, Max Madsen, and Barbara Palvin.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actors Sam Quartin and Eden Brolin, along with director Kerry Mondragon. We talked about the film, drugs, and using the environment to help with the acting.

Sam Quartin is a musician and actor. She is the lead singer and guitarist for garage punk band The Bobby Lees. She started in short films, such as I Am Alive, Adam, Hairbrained, and We Kid. In 2017, she starred in Let Me Make You a Martyr, in which she played June Glass, alongside Marilyn Manson. The following year, she played the lead role Run with the Hunted, alongside Ron Perlman, Michael Pitt, and Dree Hemingway. Then in 2019, she was cast in Body Brokers that stars Melissa Leo, Frank Grillo, and Jack Kilmer.

Eden Brolin comes from a family of actors as the daughter of Josh Brolin and Alice Adair. She made her first appearance in a feature film with Ruby Sparks. However, her first starring role was in Richard Linklater-produced indie film I Dream Too Much. In Freeform TV’s Beyond, she stars as the mysterious Charles Singer. Last year, she starred opposite to Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn in Arkansas. Currently, she plays Mia in the western drama Yellowstone, in which she is a barrel racer at a rodeo. Also, she is the lead singer of Atta Boy, and they released their second album Big Heart Manners last year.

Kerry Mondragon directed a couple of short films, including Meet Me at a Funeral and The Magic Tower. Tyger Tyger is his directorial debut.

Tyger Tyger is now playing in select theaters, drive-ins, and available on VOD/digital today.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Gravitas Ventures

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