All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The words of Leo Tolstoy from Anna Karenina have become almost a cliché. Still, much of film and literature are an exploration of that, if only because a fully functional family with no strife is hardly fodder for drama.
This is no spoiler alert, but Rajah Samaroo has taken his shot at the not so serene family trope with his short, Worm Free Society, and it ain’t a happy clan. Rajah is the man behind Edge Infinity Studios based in Rhode Island. He is a writer, director, producer, editor and cinematographer. Most recently, he was able to display his skills as DP of the Neo Phoenix Studios’ movie, Dystopia.
Rajah has many credits in his many skills, but Worm Free Society allowed him to display them together.
About Worm Free Society, Norman, main character is a plodding corporate schlub in what appears to be a bleak factory warehouse. His dad works there and though looking unhealthy has acquiesced in the company’s culture. Norman has gone off the company coffee as the caffeine headaches bothered him. This has changed his outlook and he is less of a compliant drone. Also, he has discovered the worms and concludes they are not there by chance.
His dissatisfaction leads him to confront his younger brother who is in charge upstairs in the plush office. The brother is the picture of malevolence. Whose will is stronger?
The casting is excellent. Tim Goff played Harold and David Weindell is dad. Josh Willis is the younger brother. The family members interact perfectly and Andre Boudreau as the functionary is fine as well. Ruth Sullivan as Claire, lady of mystery also is capable.
Of course, as a Swamp Yankee, The Boston Film Industry Examiner is most impressed by the numbers. Worm Free Society was made for $2,500. The production values far exceed what might have been expected for the outlay. An intensely dark short film with excellent pacing and well cast. All for small money. Talent will out.
What the man could do with $10,000 boggles the mind.
Watch the trailer here.