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Cast in Gray (2005)

In this sumptuously shot short film from writer-director I. Michael Toth, a disillusioned man's chance encounter with a hitchhiker and his dog forces him to reconsider the possibilities of his life.

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I. Michael Toth

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I. Michael Toth
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Cast

Credited cast:
Timothy Burke Timothy Burke ... The Man
Stephen Angus Stephen Angus ... The Man with the Dog
Bibo Bibo ... The Dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Amore Matt Amore ... Emergency Medical Technician
Dusan Lubarda Dusan Lubarda ... Truck Driver
Laurence Nosbaum Laurence Nosbaum ... Patrolman
Greg Sosnowski Greg Sosnowski ... Emergency Medical Technician
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Stuck in a rainstorm in the middle of nowhere, a man offers shelter in his broken down car to a hitchhiker and his dog. As the hours pass and the rain continues, the man wonders if his decision to let them in was one of a series of bad choices he made in his life - or is the chance encounter with this enigmatic stranger a godsend opportunity to solve his own problems. Written by Anonymous

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Life is anything but black and white

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Drama | Short

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Good Film - edit down
9 June 2005 | by rus-14See all my reviews

I saw this film last night at the Midwest Indy Film Fest in Chicago. I commend the filmmakers on a beautiful and challenging story and wonderful execution. I strongly disagreed with the length and labored approach in the final edit. I agree with the director that languor and easy films are needed in our fast pace world, yet, here the length is doing your film a disservice. The film lover next to me fell asleep! I struggled to keep interested.

As filmmakers you need to take a stand with your beliefs, but you need to realize the risks. Does this particular film need to be 39 minutes, 37, 22? Is that worth endearing the film to this part of the audience, while, this part of the audience falls asleep? I bring this up because I feel the film will lose nothing, and gain so much more, if it was tighter. The idea that you need a labored approach for this heavy theme is not a valid argument. Roman Polanski's "Two Men and a Wardrobe" is soaked with rich themes and is 15 minutes. Marcell Ivanyi's "Wind" is spell binding in the themes it introduces at 6 minutes.

Ultimately, the short film is a unique artform, complex and ever changing. There is a certain social contract that exists between filmmaker and audience on what that artform is. What is the general public perception on the range of length of the short film artform? Do you feel the labored edit of your story is justified by the power of the third act and the direction of the characters arc? Why do some people enjoy the pace of "Lost in Translation" but fall asleep here? You can break those conditions whenever you like, and I hope you do, just recognize the risk.

To end on a good note, I like your effort now; I'll love your film after a tighter edit.


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