Omar Rodriguez Lopez of Mars Volta Debuts “The Sentimental Engine Slayer” at Tribeca Film Festival

Looks like Mars Volta’s, Omar Rodriguez Lopez is gearing up to debut a pretty cool flick at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, April 21 – May 2, 2010. The film titled “The Sentimental Engine Slayer” was written and directed by Rodriguez Lopez.

While “The Sentimental Engine Slayer” is not his first venture as a director — he also created two unreleased films, 2001’s “A Manual Dexterity” and 2003’s “Letters from Dystopia” — it is his first feature released to the public.

“The Sentimental Engine Slayer” tells the tale of the overdue coming of age of a 20-something misfit named Barlam. Set against the backdrop of drug-addled suburban El Paso sometime in the not-too-distant future, Barlam’s awkward transition from boy to man is as much the story of struggling to find one’s essence in a world of stereotypes as it is an indictment of the distorted reality of family life in the disengaged 21st Century.

Will it “slay” or will it be another musician-turned-cinema case and visa-versa? Peep the trailer below (it’s kind of a weird montage).


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