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A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

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Kurt Kuenne

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Kurt Kuenne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Thyne ... Hugh Newman (as TJ Thyne)
Vicki Davis ... Victoria Donner
Dave Kuhr Dave Kuhr ... Depressed Man
Pam Cook ... Depressed Woman
Ron Oden Ron Oden ... Mall Cop
Manolo Travieso ... Head Suit
Michael Hatch ... Second Suit
Richard Beanan Richard Beanan ... Third Suit
Jackie Walters Jackie Walters ... Experienced Woman / Dental Assistant / Dental Receptionist / Line Waiter
Ralph Diner Ralph Diner ... Workout Man
Cameron Young Cameron Young ... Boss Man (as Cameron B. Young)
Jef McClure ... Bodyguard
Raymond Parker ... Bodyguard / Photo Subject
Shelby Lee Jenkins Shelby Lee Jenkins ... Dental Assistant / DMV Line Waiter
K.C. White ... Dental Assistant (as Carol White)
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Storyline

A cheerful parking attendant considers it his job to do more than validate parking. He wants to validate the customers themselves, delivering compliments about their appearances and the inner qualities behind them. Everyone who comes up to him with a ticket walks away validated as a worthwhile human being. Soon, the parking attendant becomes so popular that people line up for validation. He appears on news broadcasts and even ends up validating George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. His life hits a roadblock when he goes to the DMV to get his driver's license photo taken and is met with a beautiful photographer whom he can't get to smile. Written by J. Spurlin

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A fable about the magic of free parking.

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Validação See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Theatre Junkies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Hugh Newman: You paid for parking - for me?
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A Short Film That Casts A Long Shadow
30 July 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"Validation" is a 16-minute short, but it packs a lot of story in those minutes. The protagonist appears to be a selfless guy, someone who exists only to provide happiness to others. But when he is unable to make a person happy, he loses his focus. Since this film is really about karma, his past deeds catch up with him and change his life. What follows is a fairytale ending, but "Validation" connects with so many people that it must have a ring of truth to many who view it.

The production values are good, and the editing is excellent. The soundtrack is integrated well into the story.

Can this film change lives? Perhaps. And that is really saying something.


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