Charlie Tahan + Pineapple Tangaroa in
Directed by John Carlucci + Brandon LaGanke
“Heartfelt yet funny — a truly hard balance to strike”
ROGEREBERT.COM, Monica Castillo
“DRUNK BUS ought to be the No. 1 film in America”
THE BOSTON HERALD, James Verniere
“A fun ride”
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, Richard Whittaker
“Has all the stuff of a sleeper hit”
DECIDER, John Cerba
Michael (Charlie Tahan, “Ozark”) is a recent graduate whose post college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the “drunk bus,” the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple (Pineapple Tangaroa), a larger-than-life Samoan American who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.
DRUNK BUS is based on the real-life friendship of co-director LaGanke and Tangaroa, who plays a version of himself in the movie. Tangaroa really did act as LaGanke’s security guard while he drove the campus loop bus at Kent State. Tangaroa now runs a successful Austin/Dallas chain of body modification studios, Shaman Mods.
DRUNK BUS is Available On Demand (Amazon Prime, GooglePlay, iTunes, Microsoft Movies) and in Select Theaters Everywhere. Find Your Local Theater HERE
About the Filmmakers
JOHN CARLUCCI & BRANDON LAGANKE (Directors) DRUNK BUS is the feature debut for GHOST + COW; a directing duo comprised of John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke. Ghost + Cow has had global viral success with several projects. DRONE BONING (11M on Vimeo) – a comedic and voyeuristic look at sex and drone surveillance – was dubbed by VICE Motherboard as “the world’s first aerial pornography.” The film made world news and garnered the attention of late-night hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Conan and Seth Meyers. It was also featured in several print publications, was shown on TMZ and posted on Banksy’s YouTube page. Their music videos for Big Data’s DANGEROUS (14M on YouTube) and Joywave’s IT’S A TRIP (2.2M on YouTube) continue to have a massive fan following. Some other short film titles include PLAYHOUSE (World Premiere at SXSW 2013 and a Vimeo Staff Pick with 146K views), BUNNY BOY (2011 Slamdance, SXSW) and INFINITY TREE (Cannes Series) which was created with FOX Digital.
About the Cast
CHARLIE TAHAN (Michael) made his feature film debut at age eight, sharing the screen with Will Smith in the Warner Bros. blockbuster hit I AM LEGEND. Tahan was most recently seen sharing the screen with Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver in POMS. He also recently have seen starring in Sean Nalaboff’s KINGFISH. Previously, Charlie was seen opposite Ben Mendelsohn in Nicole Holofcener’s Netflix feature, LAND OF STEADY HABITS. Kevin Phillips’ directed him in SUPER DARK TIMES which screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Tahan was nominated for a Saturn Award for his performance in Universal’s CHARLIE ST. CLOUD and voiced the lead role of ‘Victor’ in Tim Burton’s Academy Award-nominated film, FRANKENWEENIE. Other film credits include LOVE IS STRANGE, THE OTHER WOMAN, NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, WIENER DOG, BLUE JASMINE, BURNING BRIGHT, LIFE OF CRIME, and BLOOD TIES. On the small screen, Charlie was nominated for a 2019 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his work on Netflix’s OZARK. He has already wrapped production on Season 3. Tahan recurred on Season 1 of Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK, executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
PINEAPPLE TANGAROA (Pineapple) is an Austin local since 2005 and owns a small business, Shaman Modifications which he started in 2006. He has 3 location in Austin, one in Dallas, and offers services such as piercings and body modifications. He stumbled into acting landing a role in the movie PUNCTURE (2011) starring Chris Evans when his client needed a heavily tattooed guy for a role. He has also acted as Michael Fassbender’s bodyguard / house guest in Terrance Mallick film SONG TO SONG (2017) which also premiered at SXSW.
KARA HAYWARD (Kat) Hailing from Massachusetts, Kara discovered her passion for acting in her first play during summer camp. At the age of 12, she was discovered at an open casting call for the critically acclaimed Wes Anderson written and directed film MOONRISE KINGDOM. Kara was nominated for various Awards for her performance, including A Young Artists Award, Gotham Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award. Kara has worked with incredible directors in her young career, including Jim Jarmusch in his 2016 film PATTERSON and Kenneth Lonergan in his award-winning MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Up next, Kara has ben seen in Martha Stephens’ feature TO THE STARS with Liana Liberato and Shea Whigham, which was released in 2020. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Competition in 2019. Hayward also stars in THE SOCIAL DILEMMA opposite Skyler Gisondo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Competition in 2020, as well as the comedy independent feature DRUNK BUS.
DAVE HILL (Devo Ted) Dave Hill is a comedian, actor, writer, and musician know for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (2017), “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (2016), “King of Miami” (2007), and “Inside Amy Schumer” (2013). Hill’s song “Go” by his band Valley Lodge is the theme song to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Hill is the author of essay collections, “Tasteful Nudes” and “Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and is the host of “The Goddamn Dave Hill Show” on WFMU radio in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Cast: Charlie Tahan, Kara Hayward, Pineapple Tangaroa, Tonatiuh, Will Forte, Zach Cherry, Sarah Mezzanotte, Dave Hill, Jay Devore, Martin Pfefferkorn
Directors: John Carlucci, Brandon LaGanke
Screenplay by: Chris Molinaro
Based on a Story by: Chris Molinaro, Brandon LaGanke, John Carlucci
Executive Produced by: Executive Producers Ian Tarbert, Edward Nash, Michael Carroll, and Tom Gordon
Produced by: Eric Hollenbeck, Grant Franklin Fitch, Steven Ilous
Co-Producer: Benjamin Bradford
TRT: 100 minutes