Still no release date for “Del Playa,” likely because of the outrage over the movie taking place in Isla Vista. May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista before taking his own life. Other than its setting, the movie bares little connection to actual events.
Struggling with a horrific past, Claire Rhodes must confront a stalker
turned murderer of her youth in order to win her life - but will her own
demons help the killer exact his vengeance?
Statement from Director Shaun Hart:
First and foremost, I would like to publicly apologize to everyone who
has been offended in any way by our making of this film. It was never
our intent to monopolize on the tragic shootings in Isla Vista that took
place last year. While I do admit there is the connection of Santa
Barbara, this film is not about Elliot Rodger. The fictional character
in the film is not meant to portray anyone in particular. It is meant to
portray incidents that take place, not only in Santa Barbara, but
across the country on a daily basis.
Our intentions were not to make light of such a serious issue, but to
engage our audience in an active discussion about bullying and violence.
As a graduate of UCSB and a former resident of Del Playa, that day was a
knife to my heart. For me, the actions of one individual tainted a lot
of good memories of an innocent time and brought darkness to a place
that should only be home to the hopes and dreams of the young.
For all touched by the tragedy at DP, know this: I stand right there
with you. And share love and compassion for our fallen Gauchos.
Ryan Ochoa (right) stars in the movie, but he doesn’t play the killer. There’s a striking resemblance between him and Elliot though, don’t you think?