At just 28 years old, director Gabriel Adams is breaking through with his first
feature film Up the 5. One of those breaking points is (probably) being the first director to ever
direct a road trip comedy up California’s famous Interstate 5.
Up the 5 follows Phill, an LA slacker with 24 hours to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco
for his father’s funeral. It’s an easy drive on California’s speedy Interstate 5 until Phill’s beloved
Cadillac is stolen by the seductress, Grace, and her sinister sister, Elsa.
Adams, a Bay Area native, conceptualized this idea during one of his many commutes from Los
Angeles to his home in Northern California. He then took the I-5 and turned it into a story
inspired by other road trip comedies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and turned out a
script with his brother and producing partner, Jesse Adams. With just the two of them attached,
Gabriel and Jesse raised just over 20 grand and produced the film themselves.
With a micro-budget of his own money, Gabriel was able to hire a cast of Hollywood stars and
bring on Gone Girl 1st AC, Paul Toomey, who served as the cinematographer. Though he could
have waited it out, Gabriel was confident with enough passion and dedication, his vision could
come to fruition no matter the budget level.
And so far, Gabriel’s vision for the execution of his project has proven successful! He screened
the film for a sold out crowd at the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma, CA last month and has
recently had traction with sales agents and film festivals. He is breaking through as one of those
rare, young directors who has taken matters into his own hands and begun to make big waves
happen with the little he has.
Up the 5 is rumored for a 2020 release. The trailer is available to view here.