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White Face (2001)

Is there discrimination against clowns? An historian, who is a clown, provides background and introduces us to three clowns who reflect on life in the US: a physician, an auto mechanic, and... See full summary »

Director:

Brian McDonald

Writer:

Brian McDonald
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Cast

Cast overview:
Carter Roy ... Surgeon
Matt Smith Matt Smith ... Dr. Howard Blinky
Louis Brotherton Louis Brotherton ... Young Ed Yuk-Yuk
Abraham Alvarez Abraham Alvarez ... Ed Yuk-Yuk
Kathryn Mesney-Hetler Kathryn Mesney-Hetler ... Mrs. Clarabelle Confetti
Gary Schwartz ... Prof. Barnum N. Bailey
Rhonda Redden Rhonda Redden ... Receptionist
Trish McGuire Trish McGuire ... Principal
Luke Theopolis Luke Theopolis ... Cameron Blinky
Ed Boyd Ed Boyd ... Customer
Joe Gonzales ... Rollo (as José Gonzales)
Angelique Little ... Clarabelle's Mom
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Is there discrimination against clowns? An historian, who is a clown, provides background and introduces us to three clowns who reflect on life in the US: a physician, an auto mechanic, and an aging mom who's ill. The doc has made it to the ranks of a top profession but still faces prejudice; he goes to the principal's office at his son's school where the lad is charged with clowning around. The mechanic has brought his mute, horn-blowing cousin over from the old country, and a dissatisfied customer talks racist trash to them. Clarabelle Confetti, the aging mom, laments that her son has married a mime, and their kids are confused about who they are. Can't we all just get along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Everything a short should be
26 August 2001 | by dsaunderSee all my reviews

This short is enormously funny, and just about perfect in its playing out of the basic concept. The history of clown immigrants, clown language, and clown ethnic slurs are all hilariously covered. It is extremely sharply made, without a second of flab or an idea that does not serve the story and raise it to new heights of hilarity, as well as surprising poignance and relevance. In the short program of films I saw at the Seattle film festival, this film stood out like a looney in a bowl full of dimes (canadian reference); not only was this film vastly more entertaining than the tediously arty, quirky, or experimental efforts that surrounded it, it had a lot more to say. Make an effort to see this one.


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