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The Empty Building (2004)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Sanseviero ... Benny as Adult
Michael Maldonado Michael Maldonado ... Benny at 14
Tony Ryan Tony Ryan ... Frank
Ricardo Valdez Ricardo Valdez ... Benny @ Twenty (as Ricky Valdes)
Rebecca Burr Rebecca Burr ... Mother
Molly Molino Molly Molino ... Older Daughter
Rebecca Molino Rebecca Molino ... Younger daughter
Jeanine Maldonado Jeanine Maldonado ... Benny's Mom
Joe Maldonado Joe Maldonado ... Benny's Dad
Tom Fahey Tom Fahey ... Green Beret
Jeff Grow Jeff Grow ... Card Dealer
Victor L. Mancini Victor L. Mancini ... Mr. Andy
Kimberly Rehfuss Kimberly Rehfuss ... Frank's wife
Brandon Michael Arrington ... Adult Dancer
Gene Biscontini ... Child Dancer
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Random People, One Building... Random Pasts, One Need.

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Drama | Short

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One of the Wranglers commissioned to supply animals refused to put his cattle onto the elevator. A bunch of crew members embarked and went up a flight to prove its worthiness. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Director extends his deepest gratitude to Steven Newman of Columbus Circle Cab Company, NYC, for allowing two weeks use of an empty building and tolerating the two years that followed. Thank you. See more »

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A true testament to storytelling.
5 March 2006 | by vicspot7See all my reviews

The Empty building is a really terrific motion picture. Not only is the imagery extremely captivating, the story in a weird way catches you by surprise. You do know you're in for something big after watching the brief story up front and only after watching the entire movie did I fully understand these were individual stories presented under one title. In hindsight, this was rather crafty to do. I won't get into the details, I'd hate to give anything more away and it sure is tough to explain within these narrow margins but the connection between a person and this empty building sets up nicely.

The second story begins seemingly uneventful and takes its time being introduced, although the setup is so out there, you just watch because it's really nutty in a profound way. I found great curiosity wondering where it was all going. And then like a hidden crevice you fall right in with the reality of what this story is all about. I must say, there have been other stories about this topic, but not like this.

I think any story within the empty building would be as inventive as what I watched here and in the end there is explicitly a hint of more topics to come. I hope this makes sense when I say; the biggest story about the empty building is the empty building itself and the topics within are wonderful furnishings. This film is a winner, a true testament to storytelling.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empty Building Short Stories See more »

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Budget:

$170,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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