The plot begins as an unknown and nameless screenwriter arrives at an abandoned villa near and on the Caspian Sea. In secret, he brings his companion, a pet dog he titled, “Boy”.

As the writer moves through the progress of writing down his ideas and translating his visions into reality, he hides his dog, Boy, from the police and authorities as he puts in his work.

He shaves his head, and changes the visual aspect of his identity, covering the windows in the villa with a black material overshadowing the scene and adaptation. During the thunderstorms that occur throughout the adaptation, Melka and Reza break into the villa, and tell the writer they have fled from a beach party that was held in illegality, where alcohol was paraded and as a result they are hiding from the authorities.

The writer violently protests and orders them to leave, but Reza lets him know that his sister is a suicide maniac and Melika is kept there for the duration as he goes looking for a car to drive. The presence of Melika unsettles the writer, and with theatrically, surreptitious and lies woven into the speech of her character, the personal details of the writers life are revealed.

Dark curtains, roman curtains, pelmets and valences are decorated throughout the villa, a beautiful italian style. This brings a material swag and tail to the tone of the film, with blinds and shutters, and cream curtains castle hill enhancing the movie. In the villa is a total of three children’s rooms with soft furnishings. Paranoia strikes the heart of the writer, and the writer suspects this woman of being a spy.

As thieves rob the house, the writer hides in patience and fear. The film changes tone as more people appear to arrive at the Villa. The entire film is fake. Everyday situations begin to happen, and on a cell phone he looks at pictures of filming in the house, depicting the writer as he first meets Melika and Reza. At the finale of the movie the chief character leaves the villa as Melika continues to watch the video.



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Representing the best films of independent filmmakers from the US and around the world, films with exemplary creative talent and skills, with critical acclaim and festival awards, featuring up and coming stars and directors. A commitment to the independent film community, serving as a gateway between filmmakers and film lovers, enriching all involved. Quality extends beyond the films themselves through Vanguard’s outstanding designs and highest technical quality presentations.

The home entertainment industry relies on continuing relationships between filmmakers, distributors, retailers and the public. Vanguard has from its inception in 1993 continued to build strong relationships. Vanguard also has its eyes on the future of entertainment and is proud of its pioneering efforts in new media.

Vanguard was the name of the knight in shining armor who lead his men to battle of yore. Vanguard is also the bird selectively chosen to lead his flock’s formation in flights.


A Vanguard exemplifies leadership and strength

A Vanguard leads the way

A Vanguard gets there first


Vanguard has often promoted the career starting films of current major stars and directors. This includes Amanda Peet (Animal Room), Cillian Murphy (Disco Pigs) and directors Bryan Singer (Public Access) and George Hickenlooper (Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade).

Vanguard is the 6th largest Direct to DVD Release Studio in the US, right between Sony Pictures and Buena Vista (dvd release report.com)

Vanguard has been at the forefront of digital media adaptation, and  was the first independent studio to sign a digital agreement with Hewlett Packard.

Vanguard is a partner with large and small digital operators, including iTunes.

Company History

Vanguard was formed in August 1993 by its current owner and CEO Freyr Thor. Mr. Thor graduated with an MA degree in Film Production from SFSU, school of creative arts, department of Cinema in 1991, under the leadership of August Coppola, and earned an MBA in global business management from the University of Phoenix in 2005.

In its first 5 years of existence Vanguard represented about 50 studios as a broker, including the Criterion Collection, with a combined total of about 3000 titles. The customer base grew fast from independent retailers, universities and libraries to include big chains like Barnes & Noble and Borders. More distributors started using Vanguard as a consolidator for independent products.

In the mid-nineties Vanguard’s business environment changed. Large studios began having direct relationships with big retail chains like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster and as a consequence Vanguard started diversifying by releasing its own acquired product in the independent and international categories. By 1997, Vanguard had transitioned its business model to becoming an independent release studio, utilizing its years of experience in sales and building on its relationship with retail, for the benefit of its independent film releases.

Vanguard growth has been consistent since, exceeding 10 % most years from its formation and to date has released over 600 films to DVD and currently offers nearly 500 titles on digital platforms.

In 15 years of operation Vanguard has built a solid reputation as one of the leading release studios of independent films in the United States.  It follows the footsteps of companies such as Miramax in its inception, while continuing to be a grass roots organization, resisting evolution into mainstream, and choosing to remain true to its original mission of opening doors to the market for new talent on the edge of discovery.

Vanguard’s insistence on its core mission coupled with its longevity producing unparalleled expertise, making it a unique studio in the American film market.