Director Colby Cyrus grew up in the small town of Moosup, CT. At age 21 he moved to NYC to attend acting school. He worked on numerous productions as an actor and crew member. He is a partial owner of SKI Productions with his colleague Andrew Medieros. When the opportunity to direct was presented, Colby was ready. He wrote,directed, and starred in his directorial debut "Muddy Water". His main goal is to continue directing film at a high level for many years to come.
From the very beginning, Muddy Water (directed by Colby Cyrus) puts us in the heart of the crisis and, through a visual language, transfers all the anxiety and inner dread of its characters to us. In flashbacks marked in black and white, we become aware of a horrible incident that has surrounded the mind and life of the protagonist. Presumably under the pressure of such an incident, he has decided to get kill himself with a bullet. The sounds in the film simultaneously reflect this tension and inner anxiety as the sounds transmit the nightmarish atmosphere of the character’s mind to the audience. It is easy to see that the protagonist’s despondency lies in his inability to commit suicide. Elements such as the cross, the gun, and etc. are set in order to involve the mind of the audience in this early scene. We revisit these elements later on and we are repeatedly referred to them (for instance, the cross is later seen dangling around the neck of the other characters.
The film is in a constant motion between various atmospheres and moods. After such a tempestuous and challenging beginning, it is the time for the anti-climax. The protagonist, unable to commit suicide, has to carry on with the burden of that failure and the director, Colby Cyrus, changes the ambiance by introducing another character. Now that the protagonist has to live on with the consequences of what has already occurred, we get to know important people in his life: a police officer who seems to have had a history with the protagonist and the other characters. Alongside these characters, we enter the world of felons and criminals. The movie depicts an atmosphere of a collapsing, absurd world where losers commit violent and cruel deeds.
The black, bleak atmosphere of the film is mixed with an experimental approach to the story. This form of experimental cinema has shown that it can cause brilliant deviations in its hybrid treatment of genres. In so doing, this new cinema can present new concepts and forms of representation. In Muddy Water, the director has attempted to reach a novel representation through changing the narrative style, having fresh ideas, and working with novice actors and actresses; the film has a representation that shows the same old formulae through a new perspective. We are aware that there has been a robbery and there is a corpse but everything is wrapped in a layer of surrealism. There is a trace of ambiguity in scenes as if something is not natural about the dialogues and how characters behave. The film has been successful in creating such a melancholic atmosphere and it leaves the audience wanting to know more about the characters, their backstories and their ultimate fate.