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Review: Tyler Hynes wrote, produced, and directed the compelling short film ‘AFK’

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Hynes wrote, produced, and directed the compelling short indie film “AFK.” Digital Journal has the scoop.

Tyler Hynes in 'AFK'
Tyler Hynes in 'AFK.' Photo Courtesy of AFK
Tyler Hynes in 'AFK.' Photo Courtesy of AFK

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Hynes wrote, produced, and directed the compelling short indie film “AFK.” Digital Journal has the scoop.

Hynes plays the role of Cyrus in a bold, badass, and clever fashion. He has some powerhouse scenes opposite actor Rob Stewart, who plays Ed.

While the actor made this short film seven years ago, its message is very timely, significant, and relevant. It has an apocalyptic vibe to it, and it wrestles with such subject matter cyberspace and cyberwar, as well as the morality of those concepts. It is both intriguing and edgy. Without giving too much away, the ending of “AFK” is quite noteworthy.

“There are 10 million cyberattacks in the United States each day,” Hynes remarked in a post on social media. “There are 16,400 active nuclear warheads in the world. The United States alone has 5,113 of them. These warheads, while kept offline, depend on devices that are not.”

The Verdict

Overall, “AFK” by Tyler Hynes is a riveting short film that is worth checking out. It is evident that it was a labor of love for Hynes and everybody involved in this project. It garners two thumbs up.

To check out the short indie film “AFK,” visit Tyler Hynes’ Instagram page.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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