The band featured in this film — Young Torture Killers — isn’t real: the film is fictional, and YTK is intented as a sendup of Insane Clown Posse. But perhaps it’s understandable that when a music video featuring the band showed up on YouTube recently, they were taken as the real thing — see Jen Yamato at Deadline Hollywood for more. I hope that someday, Insane Clown Posse is unmasked as a gigantic art project, too; it’s the only reasonable explanation for them.
Anyway, this is what Hellaware is about (from a press release):
HELLAWARE gently satirizes the world of high-brow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the “incestuous, New York, socialite shit” that sells at prominent art galleries, Nate (Keith Poulson) embarks on a quest for a more authentic brand of contemporary art. When a coked-up YouTube search leads to a music video from Delawarean Goth rappers Young Torture Killers, an Insane Clown Posse knock-off, Nate knows he’s found his subjects. He soon drags his friend-with-benefits Bernadette (Sophia Takal) to rural Delaware to shoot the group playing in their parents’ basement. To “immerse himself” in the group’s culture and add an extra layer of realism to his work, Nate befriends the rappers and makes return trips to get to know them. But as his relationship with group develops, he becomes increasingly aware that, while you can take the boy out of the art world, you can’t take the art world out of the boy.
The film doesn’t have distribution yet, but it makes its debut at BAMcinemaFest in New York tomorrow night, so perhaps it will soon.