A young fugitive witnesses an act which may provide him his last shot at redemption.



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Cast overview:
John Harnagel ...
Officer Little (as John Harnegal)
Marshall Davidson ...
Second Officer
Garrett Cornell ...
Aaron Lucas
Molly Milstein
Ben Semel
Summer Tuverson
Lucas Wasiak
Howard Sherman ...
Police Voice (voice)
Dispatcher Voice (voice)


A young man on the run seeks refuge near a clearing in the woods. There, hidden from view, he bears silent witness to a young mother's attempt to abandon her infant child. When his presence is eventually discovered, he solicits her help in his escape attempt. The Clearing is a tale of failed escapes from failed lives, a deceptively simple film about the balance between freedom and responsibility, and a fragile thing called Hope. Starring Titus Welliver and Laurel Holloman. Directed by Kat Smith Written by Anonymous

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21 April 1997 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Powerful Short Film...
26 August 2008 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

Titus Welliver and Laurel Holloman are two of the kind of actors you see in other projects, and you recognize them, but their names are always "just on the tip of your tongue." That, or they get mistaken for other "name" actors. That dilemma ended for me when I stumbled across this amazing short one day on the IFC Channel. Independent film doesn't get much better than this.

A chance encounter between two lost souls that for once doesn't feel forced or contrived, they both did some of their best work here. Welliver digs especially deep to reveal the inner scars and bruises of his character - a revelation here, since many of the "bad guys" he has played before seemed to be a lot less complex.

And writer/director Kat Smith really shines here, by simply relying on strong character development to carry the story. There are many high-profile "artistes" who could certainly learn a lot by watching this short.

Too bad it's not available on DVD. The best you can do is catch it on one of the channels like Sundance or IFC, but if you see it on the schedule, it's definitely worth a look.

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