Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
This film screened at the Gen Art film festival, alongside Sebastian Guetierrez's feature 'Electa Luxx'. I was given tickets to this screening and, honestly, did not have high hopes for either of the films... I was more interested in spotting a few celebrities! Electra Luxx was a far departure from Guetierrez's most recent works (Gothika / Snakes on a Plane) and I was pleasantly surprised...
However, the most entertaining part of this screening was a the short film Blowing Bubbles, by unknown director Vaughn Juares.
This is a very short film, about 3 minutes long, but very perversely touching in it's own way.
I love old black and white films and I thought it was a great choice to tell this twisted comedy in a sort of noir-style.
The young actor who plays Bubbles the Clown, Joseph Schneider, gave a very matter-of-fact performance which cut perfectly against the ridiculous nature of this story.
The film is a great reminder that it is unnecessary for the object of obsession to make sense to our peers. Great!
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