The DC Independent Film Festival runs this coming week from March sixth until the tenth and I have been fortunate to review some of the shorts and films featured. Make sure to stop by to watch the films, or attend the seminars and workshops. And check the reviews on this column throughout the week.
Talk about creativity still being alive. This short is full of charisma and wit. Greek gods have never been cooler, funnier or more approachable. If the summary does not make you want to watch, perhaps its performers and clever dialogue will.
“Up in the heavens of Mount Olympus, the classic Gods of ancient lore sit on their thrones, debating over whether they still have the power that they used to over the human race. Zeus decides to choose one human at random to make bend to his whim. Down on earth, Levi Katz is in the process of being thrown out of his home. He is given one last chance to fix things by getting a job interview as a local accountant. What he doesn't realize is that between him and that interview, stands a divine war that will push him to his very limits.”
Joel Brooks (Levi, the accountant) and Duke Valenti (Zeus) are a revelation; these actors command attention and very deservingly. Everyone plays well with each other and the hilarity of settled, retired gods and goddesses trying to spice up their existential crisis with a bet on humankind control whilst exuding power and grace is beyond welcomed.
The cinematography, styling and effects make this short transition well into any market as the visual appeal matches that of the committed acting and side characters (Dee Dee Rescher and Amanda Jane Fleming complement their counterparts beautifully).
All jokes and one-liners aside, there is a lot of heart and humanity in this story. Mike Marino created a fantastic script.
The short will play on Sunday March 10th on the block titled Shorts Program: On The Lighter Side, from 12Pm to 2:15PM.