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The Story

A master manipulator-turned-filmmaker takes the art of the scam to new heights when he sets out to make a guerilla-style documentary about an Artificial Rock Band in Russia. Part documentary, part mockumentary, COLOSSUS offers a mesmerizing and often hilarious examination of psychological manipulation in its many guises.

After a successful career as a con artist, Clark Larson (played by writer-director Mark Hendrickson) has chosen to change his ways—or so he proclaims in his broad cockney accent—by doing “something positive.” That something is a documentary about the “Greatest Artificial Rock Band in Russian History”—a film-within-a-film in which he is the director, subject and occasional on-camera authority on the history, art and pseudo-science of mankind’s propensity to manipulate his fellow man. 
The project perfectly showcases Larson’s talent for deception. Exhibit A is the band itself, which turns out to be nothing more than a pretext for his dream of making a film. And the lies keep coming. To free up his house for use by the band members and film crew, he  installs his young wife and baby in a friend’s apartment, after convincing the friend—really his mistress—to move in with his ex-wife.
 
He bankrolls the whole project by betting on soccer games, and pays a junkie (with drugs) to write songs that he passes off as his own. Eventually, however, as the money dries up and the crew is forced to live in increasingly squalid digs, everyone around Larson begins to suspect they’ve been had. Worse, he’s run afoul of a vicious Russian mobster who wants a stake in the band’s growing success.
 
As Larson desperately tries to keep the production afloat long enough to shoot the film’s climactic outdoor concert scene, a looming tidal wave of bad karma threatens to sink him and his dream. Can he pull off one last maneuver to save the film—and his own skin?