Looking at the face of David Graziano is to view the countenance of a “man who has screwed up a lot.”
It would be insulting if you said it, but it is the mea culpa of the man himself. I believe him, but one could not be blamed if there were some doubt.
You see David is an actor of no little dedication. In the Short, Under The Dark Wing he had me believing he was a mob boss. In Ave Maria, he had me believing, well, I’m not quite sure what, but it was certainly powerful.
In fact, had I not met him and his co-star at the Shawna Shea Independent Short Film Festival it might have been difficult to think of David as having a persona distinct from his roles. In a video interview, David came across as a normal guy, happy to speak about his craft. If that was an act, it was Oscar level.
In the Short Film, The Actor, the main character speaks of his mistakes. Now we all can take something different away from theater or film. What struck the Boston Film Industry Examiner is not only the humility of a man admitting errors, but a joy as well.
Yeah, he had botched his life’s most important relationship, but he was able to get it back. There are billions, living and dead who have loved and lost and lost is an end to it. It’s not like he is doing a victory dance in the end zone, but he is, in the end, lucky and he knows it.
Mike Messier wrote the screenplay based on a series of events in the relationship of David and Christine Perla. In the movie, Christine plays the Muse. She is not a veteran actor, but is a more than credible novice.
Diana “Death” Porter* is the third cast member. She is The Actor’s coach and is, in the words of Monty Python, “Cruel but Fair” in calling out the Actor.
As David walks away, the minimalist score by Steven Lanning-Cafaro begins to play. It is a fit ending with not a wasted note. Erik Satie would be proud.
The production team includes Christine along with Skip Shea and Mike Messier. Skip and Mike directed with cinematography by William Smyth. Christine supervised the script and Chris Hunter Audio. Roland Khorshidianzadeh was PA.
The Actor is to be submitted to festivals. With luck, local audiences will get to see it. Watch the trailer here.
* Diana played the role of death in the movie The Devil May Care. There is nothing morbid about her off screen.