When a doomsday cult leader decides that he can’t spend eternity with his most aggravating follower, their plan falls into chaos. “Exit Statement,” by director Ben Kitnick, is an oddball comedy about a ragtag group of believers aiming to transcend to a higher plane. It’s December 31st, 1999, and the cult is gathered around a campfire playing music and preparing for the end. But they can’t help but be annoyed by one member of their group, a rambunctious man-child named Adchay who wants to die not to chase spiritual enlightenment but because “it sounds sick as hell” and “there’s no DUI’s in heaven.” The more he acts up, the more the cult leader is forced to consider a drastic solution. Hilarious performances lead the way here, particularly from Stavros Halkias playing the wild one preventing the group from concentrating on matters of higher being.
Director/Writer: Ben Kitnick. Cast: Stavros Halkias, Wes Haney, Maria Randazzo, Eric Rahill, Scott Nelson, Juliet Prather. Cinematographer: Saxon Richardson. Camera Operator: Sam Adelman. Sound: Boris Palacios. Music: Markus Rennemann & Daniel Byers.