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New direction: Short film provides ‘great role’ for actor who played Badger in ‘Breaking Bad’

Matt Jones and Vivienne Rutherford in a scene from the short film “Sky West and Crooked.” (Courtesy of David Linke)

David Linke was excited to get Matt Jones to be part of the short-film project “Sky West and Crooked.”

Jones is best known for his role of Badger on the TV series “Breaking Bad.”

Yet Linke and director Heather Edwards knew the role of Bob Bridges would push Jones into a new direction.

“And he did it,” Linke says. “It turned out to be such a great role for him, and the movie is proof.”

Edwards, who is based in California, wrote the short film.

It’s based on her life.

Linke says the story is set in the early 1970s, when Edwards was 7 or 8 years old.

“It tells the story of her father who left on a business trip and never came back,” he says. “He abandoned her family. Sometime later, she went on a field trip to a bowling alley. Performing at the bowling alley was her father. It’s the story of this one little day that impacted her life.”

The short film will screen as part of the Santa Fe Film Festival’s “Shorts 3” presentation at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

Along with Jones, the film stars Martha MacIsaac, Emma Fuhrmann and Vivienne Rutherford.

David Linke, left, Heather Edwards and Kevin Linke on the set of “Sky West and Crooked.” (Courtesy of David Linke)

David Linke can’t attend the screening, but his twin brother, Kevin Linke, will be in attendance. The two brothers produced the film through their company, Gemini Team Go LLC.

The Linke’s grew up in Los Alamos, where they graduated high school in 2005.

They have been making films for the better part of a decade.

“Kevin and I actually worked on ‘Breaking Bad,'” David Linke says. “That’s where we got to know Matt. We reached out to his manager and told him what we wanted to do. Within 24 hours, Matt had signed on. He just loved the material. He wants to branch out more and do heavier roles.”

Being able to bring the short film back to their home state is humbling.

“I love New Mexico because it still feels like a community,” he says. “It’s slower than Los Angeles. You’re able to get inspired by many different things.”

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