If you haven’t seen Dead In 5 Heartbeats on a big screen yet, your time is running out. The film, based on Ralph “Sonny” Barger’s 2004 novel of the same name will screen twice in Los Angeles tomorrow and once in Tucson next Friday before its release on DVD.
The Los Angeles screenings will be at the Downtown Independent Theatre, at 251 S. Main Street in Los Angeles at 4 and 7 p.m. The screening next week is at the Loft Cinemas, 3233 E Speedway Blvd in Tucson at 8 p.m. The Los Angeles tickets cost $14 and the Arizona show is two dollars less.
The movie has already screened in Phoenix, Sacramento, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Birmingham, Dallas, Seattle, Bridgeport, New York and Denver.
The story, which cynics might see as a roman a clef, is about a red and white club called the Infidelz Motorcycle Club. After former club president Patch Kinkade retires to Arizona an old friend is murdered and the Infidelz current president rides all night from California to ask Patch to return. He does.
Meanwhile, a life long member of the club named Angelo Timmons hopes to solve his money woes with one, big drug deal and winds up in federal custody. He has to choose between betraying his friends and going to prison.
Inevitably the two aging men cross paths and therein lies the movie’s plot.
The script was adapted by Barger and the film’s director, veteran Jeff Santo. The cast features members of the Hooligans, Alma, and Rollin’ Knights Motorcycle Clubs, including friends of this page and the movie has more to say about the motorcycle counterculture than all the episodes of Sons of Anarchy, The Devils Ride and Warlocks Rising put together. The movie was shot in three weeks on location in Arizona
If you can’t make it to any of the final theatrical showings, a special edition two DVD set will be released September 28. The set includes the two hour movie, an hour-long making of video and a 16 page book. You can preorder the DVD here.
It’s a fun movie. Enjoy.