Carved in Mayhem – Short Film about Johnny “Bang” Reilly

Carved in Mayhem – The story of Johnny “Bang” Reilly.

‘Carved in Mayhem’ was directed by Dan DiFelice, a New York City based filmmaker and collaborator with Neighborhood Film Company. With an amazing cinematography by Khalid Mohtaseb and visual effects by Framestore, the film is telling the true story of Johnny “Bang” Reilly, a 52-year-old formerly homeless addict who defied all odds to become an amazing MMA fighter, poet, and activist. You can find more information about this amazing project below the first still and don’t forget to watch the final short film.

Carved in Mayhem, a short film by Dan DiFelice, a New York City based filmmaker.
Carved in Mayhem, a short film by Dan DiFelice, a New York City based filmmaker.

Carved in Mayhem is an amazing short film that can be described as a “poetic depiction of one man’s unique journey.” Narrated by Johnny “Bang” Reilly himself, Carved in Mayhem tells us about his his search for peace and truth. Johnny poetically tells about the stony path from hate to gratitude. Caused by a broken home, Johnny became a homeless. Every single day, he had to fight against all odds, poverty, drug addiction, and his inner demons. His life was dominated by hate and blind destructiveness. With a variety of impressive sequences in black and white as well as Johnny’s narratives, Carved in Mayhem is an amazing poetic depiction of his fight away from the margins of society to a life full of gratitude.

Below you can see some stills and the final video. In addition, Carved in Mayhem has been featured in our Vimeo Group and Channel.

Poetic still from the short film "Carved in Mayhem".
Poetic still from the short film “Carved in Mayhem”.
Amazing underwater scene showing the man free-floating in the water, boxing in a spotlight.
Amazing underwater scene showing the man free-floating in the water, boxing in a spotlight.
The film is the telling the story of Johnny Bang Reilly, a 52-year-old formerly homeless addict who defied all odds to become a MMA fighter, poet, and activist.
The film is the telling the story of Johnny Bang Reilly, a 52-year-old formerly homeless addict who defied all odds to become a MMA fighter, poet, and activist.
Directed by Dan DiFelice, Cinematography by Khalid Mohtaseb, with VFX by Framestore.
Directed by Dan DiFelice, Cinematography by Khalid Mohtaseb, with VFX by Framestore.

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