- Editors Pick, New York Magazine
"(Defa's) raw-toned drama is quietly hectic and brutally poignant."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Bad Fever has the empathetic soul of '70s American filmmaking."
- Nick Schager, The Village Voice
"Bad Fever is a low-budget oddity."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Exceptionally well acted, directed, and edited, Bad Fever beats with a serious heart and burns with a frustrated soul."
- Michael Tully, Pick of the Week, Hammer to Nail/Filmmaker Magazine
"Bad Fever emerges as a singular portrait of solitude, the need for companionship, and "one man's broken American Dream."
-Durga Chew-Bose, Interview Magazine
"5 out of 5. A Challenging, haunting piece of filmmaking."
- Andrew Johnson, Gordon and the Whale
"The result is mind-blowing."
- Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit
Alternatively quiet and delirious, always desperate, Bad Fever is a witness to one man’s broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand. Eddie (Kentucker Audley) bumbles his way through an agonizing courtship with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), a manipulating drifter who videotapes their fleeting moments together. To express his true feelings for her, he painstakingly orchestrates his debut stand-up performance at the local comedy club. Here is a portrait of two lonely trains passing each other by on the emotional railroad tracks of a forgotten city.
Starring: Kentucker Audley and Eleonore Hendricks
Festivals: SXSW, Maryland Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, Indie Memphis, Dalas Video Festival, Unknown Pleasures Film Festival, Northside DIY Film Festival, Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival and SLCFF Film Festival