As Don Peyote hits theaters, star Dan Fogler will be writing a guest blog. Here's the first installment.
By Dan Fogler
I became a conspiracy theory fan after seeing Oliver Stone's JFK. And after 9/11, I had many questions about the course our country was taking in history. I disagreed with many of the decisions to go to war. It seemed as though there was a maniac at the wheel, the bus was out of control and we were just along for the ride. I needed truth. Who was really running the show? Many people had the same questions and were desperate for answers. I became obsessed with solving the mystery. It seemed to me a patriotic duty. Each theory I researched seemed to lead deeper down the rabbit hole and were all leading me toward the biggest conspiracy of all: 2012 and the end of the world – or whatever the Mayan Calendar was supposed to portend.
It was 2010 when I first had the idea for Don Peyote. It started out as a dark romantic comedy about the possible Apocalypse. I was about to get married and I was mired in anxiety and the uncertainty of our future. Did I really want to raise a family in this chaos? On top of that, a large faction of people believed the world was ending. Talk about stress
If the world was going to end, I wanted to know why. At the very least, I wanted to be prepared — spiritually and physically. And if it wasn't ending, what was coming? And where the hell would I get weed?
As an artist, I knew that the only way to complete my journey was to make a film. The concept was simple: I’d tell the story of the modern prophet – Warren Allman (or "warn all men"). He’s an aimless neurotic, an Everyman with no real purpose in life, until he literally bumps into an “end-is-near” street prophet and becomes obsessed with the concept and goes looking for answers to the Great Unknown. Warren emerges a changed man. He's Don Peyote: a peaceful warrior hellbent on saving the human race
We had little money, no cast and no script. The process was completely organic and backwards, even by indie feature standards. But universe conspired in our favor and Don Peyote opens today.
The year 2012 was never about the end; it was always about a new beginning. Many are awakening to this concept, this shift in consciousness. The human species is growing a conscience. And if Don Peyote is able to open some eyes and help shift the tide toward a more harmonious world, then we've done our job well.
Don Peyote premieres on VOD and iTunes May 9th, and in select theaters May 16th. Starring Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, with a host of celebrity cameos.