To Hell and Back: The Story ‘12 Kilometers’

After a near-fatal accident and grueling recovery filled with vivid hallucinations and waking nightmares, Mike Pecci sprang back to make the most ambitious — and personal — film of his life.

Courtesy of McFarland & Pecci
Post-premiere Q&A at BIFF. L-R: Gene Ravvin, Mike Pecci, Ara Woland, Pavel Shatu, Paul Caldera. Photo by author.

Photo courtesy of McFarland & Pecci.

The first time I saw [Mike] in the hospital, he was really happy to have people around him, but he was also really happy to share his experience of the whole thing. “I have new ideas for my movie. I know how to fix my movie.” And we’re like, “Motherfucker, you just cracked your head open. What are you talking about, you know how to fix your movie?” — Tony Fernandez, co-producer

The drill crew. Photo courtesy of Gina Manning.

“I like my image to have character. I like it dirty and I like flares, and I like things that are soft and things that feel accidental, because it feels like you’re in the moment.” — David Kruta, director of photography

Pecci and Kruta on set. Photo courtesy of McFarland & Pecci.
Ferrofluid in action. This is a photograph, not CG. Photo courtesy of Linden Gledhill.
Woland and Pecci on set. Photo courtesy of Gina Manning.
Kruta and Caldera. Photo courtesy of Gina Manning.
Music video for Meshuggah’s “Bleed,” directed by Pecci and featuring Caldera as the painted deity.

Pecci in recovery.

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