In the 25-minute short’s post-civilization landscape, two things are rare and valuable: guns and women. Nora and Daphine live an idyllic life growing cannabis in a makeshift home, but they face an unforeseen threat when they come into contact with a strange runaway from a misogynistic drug cult.
The Lotus Gun was directed by Amanda Milius, daughter of John Milius, who wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote and directed the original Red Dawn. Amanda, who honors her father’s proud legacy with this post-apocalyptic western, is a big fan of cannabis culture, and her love for the herb shines through in the gorgeously shot footage.
Amanda attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in film and television production.
During her time at USC, Amanda’s films focused on the psychology of four unique female lead characters in harsh environments and situations.
The Lotus Gun is her thesis film, and was accepted at several international film festivals and was named as a Cine Golden Eagle Award 2015 Finalist.