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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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With screenwriter Paul Freeman, Hansard co-wrote a feature length version of "Lost in Transportation," retitled "Lug Nuts," and is now busy pitching the project as a feature film or TV series to anyone who will listen. See more »


References Lost in Translation (2003) See more »

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Keep your chin up
9 November 2005 | by pgfree4883See all my reviews

Limitations increase creativity and Lost in Transportation is living proof of that. The shoestring budget is obvious through the wardrobes and locations but the small story has a big heart. Joe Hansard does an excellent job playing a reserved Joe Schlepp while Frederick Strother is convincing as Hansard's mentor and friend. Joy Haynes shines as the bubbly and cordial Miss Randallstown while Pete Bergen rounds out the cast as the quintessential overbearing manager. At times a slice of life and at other moments surrealistic; this short film packs an insidious punch and makes for a worthwhile view.

Schlepp is hoping to transcend the quagmire of luggage that unfortunately defines his predictable life. Fred is Schlepp's co-worker; dispensing advice on how to mentally survive the Sisyphean efforts of their thankless jobs and deal with their ubiquitous manager. Unknowingly for Schlepp, his future is looking brighter. The very luggage he despises might be his salvation. Life isn't so bad after all, even if you do have baggage.

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22 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


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$5,000 (estimated)
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