For the indie film lover, shorts can be particularly rewarding.
Usually running between 5 to 20 minutes, if done right a short subject film can leave you with every bit as much gratification as a feature length film. However, run into a bad film that runs five minutes and you might feel like you've set through a dog of a double-feature.
"Fade" is the former type of film.
Shay, (Tara) meets Joe, (Frederick Lawrence), a cop, in a coffee shop. They bond over little packs of sugar and a promise of dinner.
That must have been a great dinner because they end up living together and getting married.
The film then shows us Shay setting in her home, there is a wake going on and she is very sad. There are flashbacks showing Joe getting Shay to marry her and Shay sending Joe off to work and telling him to be extra careful that day. These flashbacks are prompted by things Shay looks at like a cup of coffee or her wedding band.
As Shay is setting at the wake she notices a tall dark and handsome man who is staring right at her.
Shay goes upstairs to set in the bedroom she had shared with Joe. The dark man follows her upstairs, she pays little or no attention to him ...
This film is dark, not only in content, but visually.
The finale is predictable, but no less powerful.
Tara as Shay, Fredrick Lawrence as Joe and Tui Asau as the tall dark angel are excellent. Often in short films acting is substandard. Filmmakers hire their mothers, fathers and other loved ones to be their actors, Hiring a family member is never a good idea for your film, in most cases.
Expertly written and expertly executed, "Fade" is worth a look. Running about 14 minutes, it's worth every second.
Congratulations to all for being chosen as an official selection for the Noor Iranian Film Festival.
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