Solitaire Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER Festival Nov. 2019

SOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

Directed by Paola Bernardini & Wayland Bell

In this dark comedy we follow a young woman who has secluded herself in her palatial estate from any human interaction. When she hires a handyman in the hopes of relieving her lack of companion ship, she finds herself overwhelmed with attachment to this man which quickly snowballs when he attempts to leave the estate.

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THRILLER Best Scene Reading: The Dirty Blonde, by Sven Anarki

A gritty Noir detective wakes up in modern day San Francisco where he is given a second chance to solve the case that killed his partner in 1945.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Sid: James Chapman
Angela: Regan Brown
Frank: Brandon Knox

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: MISCREATION, by Mark Donnell

A genetic mutation used by the CIA must choose the fate of a fellow Dugway experiment as they join forces to find a cure.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Angelica Alejandro
Dr. Robinson: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Lt. Coza: Kaleb Alexander
Dr. Brown: Peter Mark Rapheal

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director – Hamish Robertson (HIDEOUS)

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Director Statement

Though I have worked on various short films at college and university, I was aware that making an ambitious short, such as Hideous, would be a considerable jump. Despite the films relatively modest setting of a flower shop, there were still inevitable complications in finding legal areas of Glasgow to film in, undertaking the correct legal procedures to safely film with firearms, managing large groups of extras and even securing the perfect florist that would, not only meet the criteria aesthetically, but also shelter a cast and crew of over ten people. Everyone is praying that you’ll be able to manage it all without having a mental breakdown, including yourself. It’s funny how you want your film to be this completely mind blowing experience for audiences, and on set it becomes that, but for all the wrong reasons. You learn very quickly that you have to get your shot in the can and move on to the next one and that there is no time to linger on perfectionist details. You just pray that it won’t turn out garbage and sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. I had a completely exhilarating experience on this project and with each film I remember why I love the medium so much.

Short Film: SOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

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In this dark comedy we follow a young woman who has secluded herself in her palatial estate from any human interaction. When she hires a handyman in the hopes of relieving her lack of companion ship, she finds herself overwhelmed with attachment to this man which quickly snowballs when he attempts to leave the estate.

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Director Biography – Alejandro Cabrera (THE SLEEP OF RIGHTEOUS)

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Alejandro Cabrera, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Seville, is a Spanish filmmaker based in Mexico where he currently freelances as a reader and script-doctor. He also collaborates with the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Mexico) where he teaches workshops on Screenwriting and Film Grammar.

As a filmgoer he loves all film genres, but as a filmmaker he is often drawn to Crime Dramas and Thrillers of every kind.

Director Statement

From the beginning “The Sleep of the Righteous” was thought as a genre film. However, the underlying issue comes from a very real everyday drama in Mexico: the high rate of crime impunity and the widespread sense of defenselessness of citizens before criminals due to the lack of sufficient judges and police officers. All that combined with a generalized distrust in the authorities seemed to me fertile ground for the emergence of acts of frontier justice, with the inherent perils that this could entail.