While most of my partners in crime ( we collectively have more unpaid parking tickets as a site than Aint it Cool News and CHUD combined) are busy Fantastic Festing in Austin, I’m holding down the fort in Southern California, and bringing you good folks another Sunday Shorts.
You know what I like about my job? Sometimes — someone else sort of does it for me, and what’s life if you can’t pass your responsibilities on to someone else? Even better if they’re willing to do it without your prodding. Last week FSR’s very own Cole Abaius shot me a suggestion for this week’s Sunday Shorts, a fantastically done and perfectly paced short called Forever’s Not So Long.
What would you do if you found yourself dumped, alone — and with four hours to live before a tactical nuclear strike erased you from the face of the earth? Hopefully, it would be something very similar to this…
FOREVER’S NOT SO LONG (2009)
Director/Writer: Shawn Morrison
Produced by: Garrett Murray
Starring: Garrett Murray, Marielena Logdson
Forever’s Not So Long is comfortable in its skin from the moment film folls, and save for perhaps the unnecessary (but not terribly problematic) addition of the news anchor, is completely tight and fluid in its presentation. Murray as George is truly believable as a New Yorker with an almost ‘f@*k’ it attitude regarding so much of his situation, while being distracted by things that, give the circumstances he finds himself in, probably shouldn’t matter so much. Logdson is complimentary to his cynical character; sweet and disarming.
Their falling in with each other is easy and believable, and you feel like they would have probably been a great couple had they met before the nukes made sure their partnership was on short time. Their final conversation is sad and sort of adorable all at once. It’s a couple talk, a real one – two people opening up to each other in spite of that knowledge having no long-term meaning.
Forever’s Not So Long has had a strong film festival run, and rightly so. I hope to see more of Morrison and Murray in the future, as this was an excellent step into the world of film for the both of them.
Thanks to Cole Abaius for contributing to our Sunday Shorts library — we’ll see you next week when I’ll be bringing you one of my own picks from the far reaches of the internetz.