The sci-fi short film “Helio” centers on a post-apocalyptic underground society where miners work for light to survive. When a dying rebel thrusts the unexpected into a unassuming worker’s lap, he attempts to break free from the dystopian government. In the process, he sparks a revolution of the people. “Helio” is the directorial debut from Teddy Cecil, who also wrote and produced the film.
The film stars Barrett James, who recently made a guest appearance on the TBS sitcom “Angie Tribeca,” Dennis Keiffer, a stunt performer in films like “John Wick” and “Iron Man 3,” Dio Johnson, Derek Chariton, who played Billy the Kid in the miniseries “The American West,” Chuck Wigginton, and Erik Denton.
The film is produced by Shadow Council Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to making creative, innovative media content. Founded in 2010 and run by Cecil, Nick Cofino, and Brett Miller, Shadow Council began as a small outlet that mostly filmed and packed promo material for other artists. But once the three friends gained enough experience, they shifted focus to their own projects. “Helio” is their first release.
“Helio” will premiere at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego on July 21st at Pacific 23, North Tower at the San Diego Mariott Marquis & Marina.