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Lost in Transportation (2005)

Meet Fred and Joe, two schlubs with lots of baggage. Toiling in the lost luggage claims department of BWI International Airport is not as glamorous as it might sound. This is their story.


Joe Hansard, Robert G. Rutledge (co-director)


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Cast overview:
Frederick Strother ... Fred
Joe Hansard ... Joe Schlepp
Joy Haynes ... The Goddess of Lost Luggage
Pete Bergen ... Mr. Bergen


Meet Fred and Joe, two shlubs with lots of baggage. Toiling in the lost luggage claims department of BWI International Airport is not as glamorous as it might sound. Supervisor Fred dispatches lackey Joe Schlepp to return the misplaced bags, and disgruntled passengers always seem to hold Schlepp personally responsible for losing their gear. Slogging through another terminal day at the airport, a chance encounter with B-List beauty queen Miss Randallstown puts Joe on cloud 9. But life back on the road takes its toll as Schlepp faces verbal slings, slammed doors, and delivery drudgery at every turn. Questioning his ability to carry on, a mental tailspin seems imminent, but an epiphany from the Goddess of Lost Luggage propels Joe Schlepp toward a surprise destination. Written by Alex Parker

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A short film long on baggage.



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Release Date:

22 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The producers did not have permission to film at BWI, so the Gannett building in Arlington Virgina doubled as the "airport" location because of its remarkable architectural resemblance to an authentic airport terminal. Later, posing as tourists, the crew snapped up some quick pickup footage at the real BWI International Airport. See more »


References Lost in Translation (2003) See more »

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a comedy that balances laughs, schadenfreude and pathos in 17 minutes
30 October 2005 | by dichalkSee all my reviews

This is an excellent indie short, a comedy that has its laugh out loud moments balanced with a real sense of pathos.

It's the story of Joe Schlepp, a Joe Nobody, a pathetic but lovable loser, his dead end job, and his quest to find an answer to the question, "How can I get people to stop yelling at me?"

In playing Schlepp, star/writer/director/editor Joe Hansard, even in his voice-over narrations, gives the audience plenty to laugh at, plenty of Schadenfreude, but at the same time really gets us rooting for his endearing Schlepp.

The supporting performances are also very good and the film as a whole is really tightly put together -- it's hard to think of a throwaway line, or a moment that isn't at least a little bit amusing. I particularly liked the unexpected direction the film moves in as it nears the end. It's also worth watching through the credits for a few last funny/sad shots of our hero.

What I like about this movie is similar to what I like in movies like Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Sideways, Donnie Darko, Ghost World, like those of Jim Jarmusch, John Waters. If you like intelligent, quirky, offbeat funny movies, there are certainly worse ways to spend 17 minutes than getting lost in Lost in Transportation.

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