Set in the dark belly of Los Angeles' criminal underworld, Arc (2006) is the story of Paris Pritchert (Peter Facinelli, The Twilight Saga), a former police officer turned drug dealer and addict who embarks on a quest to find a missing child in the hope of redeeming his eroding character. Like all addicts, Paris' confidence is completely dependent on the drugs in his system and, in this case, his firm belief that he can succeed if he can just stay both high and alive long enough to see it through.
Paris enlists the help of Maya Gibbs (Raina-Simone Moore, The Prospects) an African American prostitute well versed in the language of the street and the words of Maya Angelou and Nadine Gordimer. The path of this dysfunctional and unlikely duo crosses with those of the child's parents, a doctor with a penchant for soliciting "street boys" (Garett M Brown from Kick-Ass), a self ascribed "King of Porn" (Alex Sol from Black Water Transit), and a hardened cop with more scams than the most adept street hustler.
Told through a variety of visual techniques and colour schemes, Arc unfolds as Paris' search leads to places he never expected. It is a search filled with the grimness of an addict's life, the shadiness of perverse characters and the budding friendship of two people with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Written and directed by first-timer Robert Ethan Gunnerson, Arc will be released on UK DVD on 21st February 2011 by ISIS ltd through Eureka Entertainment at the RRP of £15.99. There are no DVD extras on board.