Well I’ve really gone & done it this time. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, I went to Duluth, MN in Feb. 2013 to make a short film affectionately called “Duluth Is Horrible.” It was the talk of town and I had a blog that documented the whole experience.
The film is a series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter. There is no specific plot in its 17 minutes but some of the short vignettes connect loosely. Scenes include the aftermath of a breakup from both sides, an older zookeeper on a online date, a Redditor complaining about his cat, a karaoke scene, a disillusioned Sex Chat girl, 5 people dressed as Carmen Miranda, a call from Enterprise Car Rental, and a little Disney magic thrown in for good measure. It will be the most personal and “dramatic” of my work. That said, I just have to throw in a few absurdist touches.
The film won the 2014 Woodcock Jury Prize at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Get a digital download here (and the soundtrack!). OR you can even watch it on Fandor. OR it’s included as a bonus feature on the Fantastic DVD. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer.