A Young Woman Finds a Creative Way to Spice Up Life in This Short Film

Why Watch? Despite weekly eggplant Parmesan dinners and a bed to jump on, Mary’s life isn’t at all exciting. Fortunately, she’s discovered an interesting method for injecting profundity into a meager existence. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem all that enthusiastic about it. Told with the rhythms and beats of an 80s teen movie (complete with the self-aware references), this short film from Kevin Slack does its best work in drawing out a clever idea to its fullest potential. It’s the kind of quirk that doesn’t immediately seem like it would make good material, but at three minutes, Slack has crafted something funny — and slightly thought-provoking — that stays exactly as long as its welcome. It’s shot beautifully, offering the right platform for yellows and pinks to pop. The imagery also manages a few subtle tricks that make the discovery of Mary’s ingenuity even more playful. To
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The Drought (2011) – The Short Review

Not since David Lynch’s The Straight Story have I enjoyed a film about the charm of an elderly man’s unwavering determination and loyalty. The Drought, written and directed by Kevin Slack, is a 12-minute short film starring Edmund Lyndeck as Jonas, a senior resident of Brooklyn who struggles with his efforts to sell umbrellas from a small street cart during a summer drought. During his down time, Jonas recollects his life through visions of his late wife Janet (Kathleen Hope Reilly) as a young woman, the only thing that makes him smile during these dry, hot days of summer.

The Drought is an extremely romantic film, not in the contemporary sense, but in the nostalgic heart-warming sense. Jonas is a good guy, sad and lonely, but he’s pure and true. Lyndeck gives a quaint performance of a likeable old man, stubborn in his ways. Other than the memory of his wife,
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Short Film Of The Day: Downpouring Emotion and an Struggling Old Fool in ‘The Drought’

Why Watch? These days, getting noticed can often be a matter of having outrageous effects, a slick animation or a shocking idea that turns heads. Because that’s become the norm, it’s even more shocking when simple emotion hooks you without letting go. Jonas (Edmund Lyndeck, who’s probably most famous as the crazy drunk in Big Daddy) is an umbrella salesman trying to make it through a rain-less summer and a loneliness filled with memories. For anyone who’s ever had a sweet old grandfather who stuck to his antique guns even when modern times made him seem out-moded, Kevin Slack‘s short film is a celebration of faith and tenderness that also happens to be gorgeously shot. It’s a short movie that quietly rises above a noisy fray. What will it cost? Only 10 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.
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