TWO STEP is a throwback Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide. Kicked out of college, James visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams’ neighbor, Dot, a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams’ affairs, James learns she’s been the victim of the ‘Grandparent Scam’, in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door, desperate for money. The culprit, Webb, has his own problems in the form of Duane, who has ordered Webb to pay an old debt or else. And if Webb can’t get it from Grams, James will have to do – no matter who stands in his way. Director Alex R. Johnson drops by to talk about the story behind the story, assembling a remarkably talented cast and the lessons learned during the making of his masterful feature film debut.
“A slow burn thriller with rich Texas flavor and delicious dialogue.” – Variety
“Writer/director Alex R. Johnson dares honor the bygone art of cinematic storytelling. It’s a film in which costs – human, financial moral – are always fully counted and felt.” – Film Comment
“The Austin-set thriller “Two Step” approaches tension a lot like the region’s barbecue, with enough methodical, indirect heat to make for plenty of flavor when it’s time to bite.” Robert Abele, LA Times
“A nasty, flawlessly acted little gem that goes deep inside its characters’ psyches.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times