A surprisingly contemplative drama centered on a blind man (Robert Wisdom) who must guide a quirky young man (Eric Nenninger) through a desperate fear. This carefully crafted film is rich ...
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A surprisingly contemplative drama centered on a blind man (Robert Wisdom) who must guide a quirky young man (Eric Nenninger) through a desperate fear. This carefully crafted film is rich with imagery, cryptic dialog, and a superb cast chosen from The Wire and Generation Kill to include Robert Wisdom, Eric Nenninger, Glynn Turman, Andre Royo, Marc Menchaca, David Barrera, Rich McDonald, and Benjamin Busch. BRIGHT pulls us into its world, demands our fascination, and keeps us in wonder. It is a truly artful experience.Written by
A brilliant and subtle film of magnitude far beyond its tiny budget.
This is a brilliant and sophisticated short film showing the vivid struggle of a young man overcoming his most terrifying fear. The film doesn't tell the story, it shows the story, giving credit to the audience for having the intelligence to follow a tightly bound script. Nothing is rushed, and the director is unafraid of using silence at times, without feeling the need to fill the heavy weight of that silence with unnecessary dialog. The true nature of the main character's fear is magnified by this quiet, and this even pulls at the viewer's own fears. I found it very effective.
The performance of the main character (played by Eric Nenninger) is subtle, and honest, without being overly emotive. There is a lot more scope to his story arc than can be shown in a short film, and a part of me would love to see a feature length version of Bright. But it also resides very well within the realm of the short film genre, because the viewer is allowed to fill in the rest of the story with their own imagination, making Bright unique to each person who sees it.
What struck me most was the artistry of the cinematography. Each scene seems to be so well crafted, and almost every frame would make a beautiful still photograph. This speaks volumes for the talent of writer/director Benjamin Busch, who closely choreographed every facet of Bright. The cast and crew obviously deserve a lot of credit too.
I highly recommend Bright, and hope it gets picked up by HBO or the Independent Film Channel so that more people may get to see it!
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