MAW is an experimental short film that grapples with the contradictions of madness, despair, and inspiration in the underside of Los Angeles. Through a visceral fever dream, LA poet Tommy Taretta yearns for signs of resistance and hope. 

The title MAW is used to describe something that devours things without restraint, such as the "maw of war" to depict the destructive nature of warfare or the "maw of greed" to describe excessive and insatiable greed.

Blending documentary and narrative scenes, the film challenges a desensitized view of the city’s spreading brokenness, which is often unseen while in plain sight.
Directed by John Charter.
Poetry Written and Performed by: Tommy Taretta
Concept Written by Brad Dujmovic.
Cinematography by Rainer Lipski.
Production Design by Paul Kaiser.
Producers: Elena Brea Martínez, Paul Kaiser, Tommy Taretta.
Associate Producer: Kris Baumgartner.
2nd Unit Cinematography: Quinn Feldman.
Security Guards: Grishon Barbakrian, Rafael Ramos.

Editor, Music Composer & Sound Designer: Brad Dujmovic.
Sound Designer: Hayden C Scott.
Sound Recording & Mixing: Courthouse Studios. 

The Poet: Tommy Taretta.
Tent Writer: Kai.
Buddha: Buddha.
Expectant Mother: Tara Triplett.
Bishop The Pimp: Tracy.
Wheelchair Con Artist: Vincent Mann.
Lady of the Night: Malice.
Spiritual Guru: Todd Ivers.
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