Warm Blood


Inhabiting the fringes of Modesto, California in the toxic haze of the 1980’s, WARMBLOOD is a politically subversive, searing collage of sound, narrative, documentary and trash B movie meta narratives, hand stitched by filmmaker Rick Charnoski in his debut feature. Red is a driven young runaway who returns to her hometown to track down her wayward father. As she wanders the streets selling stolen drugs to finance her next mission, she reflects on her early teen life through reading a journal that she finds in her old bedroom. Tom, a young drifter, possibly a figment of Red’s imagination, continues to reappear in his ’73 Duster and scoop her up after she runs away over and over again. There may be an ominous conspiracy about a chemical induced sickness that threatens their entire town. Is this a dream or is this just what a town full of corruption and dishonesty looks like when you leave and come home two years later and two years older? Shot on 16mmfilm by renowned cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt (First Cow, Emma, Night Moves) and nine years in the making, WARM BLOOD weaves jagged textures of old photos, scrawled letters found in the trash, interviews done in the midnight gloom under bridges, fake news broadcasts and random audio samples together like a freaky quilt. WARM BLOOD is an inverted vision of two lost souls shot in the same town as George Lucas‘ AMERICAN GRAFFITI- A distress flare of a film shot into the night sky. A kaleidoscopic hitchhiker’s guide to the underbelly of America.

Cast & Crew

Directed by:
Rick Charnoski
Haley Isaacson
Ryan Toothman

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86 min


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