‘The Dam Short Film Fest’ is in full swing in historic Boulder City NV.
Lee Lanier is the host who tells the audience about the films coming up and also assists at the Q&As with filmmakers. Below are some highlights from Thursday February 10th, 2011
‘Dumpster’ (Patrick Campbell director)
Synopsis-One neighbor can’t resist another neighbor’s mostly empty huge rented dumpster. It’s just one piece of drywall that he wants to dispose of….just one piece.
Review-This film is delightfully funny with excellent acting and superior directing. It’s a happy 4 minutes you’ll spend with this film. My only question is why this film ran in a drama block when it’s clearly comedy…but that’s not a problem with the film.
‘The Shoes Maketh The Man‘ (Tarek Alexander Sursock director)
Synopsis-An account is about to meet with a wealthy man whom he hopes to sign as a client. The company he works for is counting on him to get the contract signed. Actor Pasquale Cassalia plays the Italian business man Alesandro Di Casano. Di Casano is very confident that he will be reeling in this big fish, even telling his girlfriend they will be celebrating that night.
Alexandro walks around Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills…he’s a bit early for his appointment. After talking to his mother, in subtitles, Alexandro starts worrying about the way he looks. His tie, his suit and, oh my goodness, his shoes.
Review-This 16 minute film directed/written and produced by Tarek is clever and funny at several levels. You have the man who had so much confidence until he talked to his mother. No one can take your confidence away like a mom saying just the right thing to make you second guess yourself. All of a sudden Alexandro is thrown into a downward spiral that Pasquale plays for all he’s worth.
There is also the ‘homeless man’, William Thomas Jones, who is laugh out loud funny. The difference between the two men starts out obvious, but little by little the gap starts closing. This man is homeless, but not stupid and he soon becomes an annoying necessity to Cassalia.
The irony of this film makes it a must see for humor starved festival goers. ‘The Shoes Maketh the Man’ was also in a drama block, but is out right comedy.
Synopsis-‘TV’ is a drama that revolves around a young video artist Tyler Vearson (Jacob Newton) who wants to make art and to hell with making money. He does not want to sell out for the mighty dollar.
Enter famous gallery owner Morris Bond (Dennis Delsing) who offers Tyler his own showing. However, Tyler must sell-out, just a bit to have this showing.
Review-This short deals with art and entertainment and the thin line that exists between the two. It also makes a loud statement about the current state of news media.
‘Not Interested’ (D.W. Young, Director, Writer and Editor)
Synopsis-The internet has changed things dramatically in our society. Many things that were everyday happenings are now mostly gone. Things like, going to the library and doing research or…door to door salesmen.
‘Not Interested’ introduces us to ‘The Salesman’ (Khan Baykal) who has been given an appointment by the online company that is his employer. He sells high end cutlery. On his way to his appointment he smokes some dope, consults his map, and finally finds the correct address.
The lady of the house, Ms Samuels (Leslie Hendrix) answers the door and immediately ‘The Saleman’s’ job takes a huge turn toward the terrifying. Ms. Samuels is curt and seems to be trying to get rid of the tall, skinny salesman. However, what she really wants to much different.
Review-This film had me right away when Leslie Hendrix (‘Law & Order’ franchise) answered the door. She is one of my favorite actresses on TV. However, the story is good, well acted and well directed, Ms. Hendrix is a bonus. The ending is a bit surprising and almost jaw-dropping. Running only 9 minutes ‘Not Interested’ is interesting.
The festival runs through Saturday. Saturday morning has lots of animation for the kids.
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