With high school in the rearview, five teenagers from small-town Oregon decide to embark on one last adventure. Piling into a van with a busted tail light, their mission is to make it to a place they’ve never been—the Pacific coast, five hundred miles away. Their plan, in full: “Fuck it.”
By van, boat, train, and foot, their improvised odyssey takes them through desert wilderness, industrial backwaters, and city streets. Along the way, they encounter outsiders from the fringes of the American West and discover that the contours of their lives will be set by trails they blaze themselves. They are forgotten kids from a forgotten town, but they have their freedom and they have each other, hurtling toward an unknowable future—and The Party at the End of the World.
THE ROSS BROTHERS are an American filmmaking team whose work has brought them renown as some of the most innovative independent filmmakers working today -- pushing the art of presenting uninhibited portraits of people and places with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that that entails. Their work has been featured at museums and festivals throughout the world, including the Berlinale (Bloody Nose Empty Pockets) and Sundance, where they premiered Bloody Nose Empty Pockets in 2020, and received a Special Jury Prize for Western in 2015. They have been the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award as well as accolades from CPH:DOX, Full Frame, and South by Southwest.
SELECTED DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY:
2023 Gasoline Rainbow
2020 Blood Nose, Empty Pockets
2017 Contemporary Color
The impetus for the film came during lockdown. Facing the precipice of an unknown future, we imagined the cast of Streetwise navigating the wild roads of Easy Rider—restless youth guided by a spirit of freewheeling exploration, shot out of a cannon into the new frontier. A punk rock Wizard of Oz. With a folder of notes and ideas labeled “Episodes of Delinquency” and five first-time actors as our guides, we embarked on a grand adventure. Loosely composed scenarios provided the framework for serendipitous magic—an improvisational self-portrait of the new generation.
A CONVERSATION WITH
BILL ROSS & TURNER ROSS
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Makai Garza, an outstanding talent, is always looking for new adventures and new horizons.
He is known for his latest work Gasoline Rainbow (2023) as an actor.
Makai would like to thank the earth and all that it’s given us - the opportunities to make life happen. He would like to thank all the producers and people in the background you don’t see, the people who truly made this work. The ones making sure shit gets done. Those who dealt with everyone's energy, and the family members who supported the cast during their journey. He would also like to thank Turner and Bill for making his dreams come true and for being great friends.
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Nichole grew up in a small town called Yakima. When she was a child, she would often travel to Mexico with her family. She always strived in school (at least up until senior year, lol, when she would mainly spend her time in the library burying her nose in any mystery/romance novel she could find). She enjoyed art class the most and still paints from time to time. Most of her junior/senior year was spent at the park skating, making memories and eating shit (constantly). She graduated from West Valley HS in 2021. After graduating, attempting to do more school just felt wrong. There simply wasn’t anything she was passionate enough to pursue. So, she would work at random jobs here and there up until she got booked for the film. Now she works at UPS and a Mexican restaurant in hopes of saving enough to start school in the spring. She’s curious about majoring in interior design and has always loved art. She’s currently living in Yakima with her mom, little brother and 4 cats (Mei Mei, Frankie, Pepper and Shadow).
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Nathaly Garcia grew up jumping from school to school in Yakima, Washington. She’s lived there her whole life, besides visiting her dad in San Diego /Mexico. She hated school, except for one teacher who would show her cool music (even though he’d get her in trouble for being late…). She also enjoyed English because of the freedom she got and the poetry. Hated chemistry. Though she was grateful for getting the chance to take photography throughout high school in hopes of pursuing it in the future. After high school she moved out of her mom’s house. Luckily her boyfriend Shawn and his family took her in, along with her cat Luna. She recently got a new kitten Ozzy. And as of now has been working at a Mexican restaurant, hustling as much as she can till she can settle down in a home of her own.
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Tony Aburto grew up in Tri-Cities, located in Washington state. After COVID derailed a rather lackluster high school experience, Tony dropped out. One morning after crashing in the back of Makai’s truck after a party, Tony told him about the dream he’d had, where Makai was a famous movie actor and Tony swore to him that it was gonna happen. A few months later, Tony and Makai saw a poster at a skate park calling for auditions and after a whirlwind couple of weeks, Tony was cast along side Makai and Micah. After the filming wrapped, Tony decided to go back to school, this time even bigger and better than he was before. He gave it all he had because he thought, “I’ve made it this far in my high school career just to give up? No.” So he stayed after school to do work, had impeccable attendance, and all the hard work paid off. He is now a high school graduate who spends his time skating with friends and hanging out with his family. Tony would like to thank his mother, Mayra Garcia, and his two younger brothers, Oscar Tobon and Adan Tobon.
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Micah Bunch is a talented and passionate actor hailing from Tri-Cities, Washington. With a deep-rooted love for the craft, he discovered his passion for acting after being enthralled by "The Sandlot" and engaging in impromptu movie scenes. As he grew older, he delved into the world of theater, showcasing his skills through riveting musical performances. However, it was his transformative role in the film "Gasoline Rainbow" that truly changed his life. Through this remarkable journey, he had the privilege of connecting with fellow creatives, immersing himself in captivating narratives, and solidifying his unwavering dedication to the art of acting. Micah extends heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in the film, as their contributions have left an indelible mark on his artistic journey.
Micah Bunch as Micah
Nathaly Garcia as Nathaly
Nichole Dukes as Nichole
Tony Aburto as Tony
Makai Garza as Makai
Producer: Michael Gottwald, Carlos Zozaya
Executive Producer: Matt Sargeant, Josh Penn
Co-Producer / Casting Director: Lauren Cargo, Jesy Rae Buhl
Co-Producer: Claire Haley, Joanne Feinberg
Production Designer: Erin Staub
Art Director: Alex Ross
Mr. Everything: Thomas McGovern
Picture Car Wrangler: Tony Rieker
Cinematographer: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Sound Mix: Cesar Gonzalez, Hasan Studio
Music: Casey McAllister
Original title: Gasoline Rainbow
International title: Gasoline Rainbow
Duration: 108 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Original language: English
Country of production: United States
Production Companies: Department of Motion Pictures,
MUBI Inc, XTR