DAZED is a short film based on the DAZED novels by author Nikki Palomino. 

Directed and Cinematography by Jason Herring and Ezra Spurrier

Written by Nikki Palomino

Starring David Brackett and Cortney Palm

Music by Brian Kroll and Michael Wuerth

 

In the early 90's, grunge rocker Eric Peterson returns home after living on the Portland streets. He finds most things unchanged, except for one thing. His best friend, Kevin, has moved on to another relationship, causing negativity and pain to resurface in Eric's short, angry, inspired life. Desperate, Eric will stop at nothing to secure a blast of smack, and fellow art student, Brian, tries to help, seeing that Eric's pain might extinguish his artistic brilliance. When Eric finds the band DAZED, he kicks the drugs and climbs out of the nightmarish world of addiction. Eric's journey leads to self-discovery, love and passion, and a triumphant survival in a world that hates junkies and fags.

STILL DAZED: Through a Grunge Rocker's Eyes, the second novel in DAZED the series, is an American nightmare within the constraints of small town prejudice. Eric Peterson, a nineteen-year-old grunge rocker junkie, artiest extraordinaire, could have been another horrible headline. A young man in pain, he's desperate for his mother's approval and struggles through the maze of burgeoning grunge rock fame with his band DAZED, but for an unexpected reason. He's a fag. Beyond the reach of love and accepted help, Eric fights both tragedy and death. His story has an unanswered question on each page, "Why can't he stop using?"

 

Nikki Palomino - Author

As a runaway, from the streets of NYC to the Strip of L.A., Nikki spent her youth as a grunge punk rock musician, racking up the confusion, frustration and passion leading her to write DAZED (The Story of
a Grunge Rocker), the first in a series of novels about the drug and music culture of the'90s. She learned life, drugs, and alternative music, while touring in a van packed with the rest of the band, equipment, and groupies, playing infamous clubs like CBGB's.

In 2003, Nikki was named Writer's Digest's Best Genre Short Story Writer. She has written stories for print rags, including Nightmares and Blonde on Blonde, along with erotica for Foggy Windows. She has also covered rock and country music for various rags, including Los Angeles Country Examiner, Buddy Magazine and Blast. She studied under feature writers at both the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post.

Nikki was co-writer and co-producer of Palomino Sisters' 2004 film noir, Baby, and the award-winning dark comedy from 2007, The Rug. 

She is currently teaming up with Steven M. Kalish to write the non-fiction crime book "The Last Gentleman Smuggler". "You've had the Cocaine Cowboys, George Jung, Barry Seal, the Hippie Mafia, and the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City's History, now you've got Skip, the fulcrum between Panama, Colombia, the US War On Drugs, Rock 'n Roll and Beautiful Women." 

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