Great Things

film · cutlab · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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Great Things is a short dramatic film about the psychological blowback of the kind of militaristic brutality that shocked the nation after Abu Graib. The film takes place late at night in the laundry room of the Aztec Hotel in Monrovia where a menacing maintenance man (Jimmy) has cornered a young woman (Chimi). A third character (Carlina) appears in the film in non-human guise. Following a highly compressed dramatic arc, the back and forth between these two reveal deep fissures in the American psyche, and also an urgent longing for connection. While the film has a darkly comedic and surreal tone to it, its concerns are ultimately about a powerful need for redemption. As with writer/director Zimmerman’s film entry Pronghorn in 2011’s Fringe Festival, Great Things features actors (Mickey Swenson and Alana Dietze) who have worked with him over many years in LA theater. Cinematographer and Editor Brad Cooper deploys stylish hi-def cinematic technique to bring this vivid dreamscape to life on the screen.

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“David Shaughnessy is amazing! He brought us to tears with a sense of hope.”-Debbie Hall, BroadwayWorld PWYCPreview June2 | Participants & Vets - $5 w/Code HFFVET June2/8/11/16/17/23 @ The Ruby Theatre at The Complex Hollywood http://hff18.org/5280

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A noir poem written and performed by Julia Newton. 1950s America. Upper mid-central Midwest. Midnight visit to a young female investigator. Decapitated girl on a train track. And it's a comedy! Yay! Well, sort of. Come check it out!