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I used to major in short films here at THiNC. I’ve even written a little bit over at sites like filmshortage. But I realized there weren’t enough hours in the day to cover both 100 minutes films and 15 minute films as well. Kills me though, because pretty much every short film maker was almost always ready and willing to give interviews and talk about their films. They are a cool bunch. I even got invited to go to Cannes with one particularly cool short film maker. But alas, we all have to grow up one day.
Well, the other day, when I was chatting with Jason Dolan about his movie, Enter Nowhere, he totally tipped me off to a friends of his named Damon Russell and he tipped me to his work. Particularly a movie called Snow On Tha Bluff, which I’m sure I’ll be talking about here soon enough. But he also mentioned a short film called Cul-De-Sac… which, blew, my, mind.
Let me say that it is not rare for a short film to stick with me and to just keep coming back to me, because short films are the masters of ambience and feeling. They are the emotional equivalent of getting T-boned in an intersection. So yeah, you will remember that. But with Cul-De-Sac, 3 hours later I’d stop in my tracks and say… oh no WAY! As things in that short kept coming back to me.
Here, just go watch it right now It’s like $2 if you don’t own Prime. It’s free if you prime it.
Still don’t think you should watch it (a pox on you and your pet chihuahua.) Fine, watch this trailer, and you’ll see like 30% of the movie. But trust me, it’s worth even the 2 dollars (I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!)
Now, the reason I selfishly shoved this short down your throat? Because I want to know what I’m missing. Someone freaking walk me through this little movie dangit. I don’t want to spoil it for you guys before you watch. But there is a lot going on here that doesn’t meet the eye. Especially the party scene. Way way more going on that I just don’t get. I plan to ask Damon personally here soon, but I can’t walk up to him and say, “so yeah, I totally loved your babysitter short. The issues about babysitters and babysitting are just not well understood in the world today. We need more movies in their corner!” Eh? Right?
So yeah, let’s all just assume that the comments section will be the place to discuss the spoilers, alright? So come on. Fill me in! Walk me through it. Who is this couple. What were they trying to find out? Why, why what, how, where, who why, why it, it what? You get the idea. Alright, so there you have it… help me out would ya?