Have you got fifteen minutes?
Sure you do. For this, you do. This short film called Joe and Mary’s Kid is just shy of fifteen minutes, and you can watch it for FREE.
Wasn’t it great? It was written and directed by a college friend of mine, Dan Rosen. The guy is crazy talented, and my one true shot at one day being able to say that I’m friends with someone who’s famous. (Don’t worry, I have not stayed in touch with him just because I think he’ll win an Oscar one day. Dan’s a great, funny guy and always has the perfect movie or TV series recommendation for me.)
Back when Dan was making this short film, I tossed in a few bucks via Indie Go Go to help make Izak the robot as cool as possible. I can’t believe how wonderful it turned out!
What I love about this story is how much goes unspoken. In such a short amount of time, and with little dialogue, I feel like the audience really sees Joe and Mary’s relationships. Marley Hamilton, who plays Mary, has such a beautiful and expressive face. Geraint Hill, who plays Joe, is wonderful at conveying hopefulness and hopelessness at the same time. He shows so much love for his new robot child, but it’s too desperate. He is sweet and sad at the same time.
My favorite scene in the film is when Izak falls on his pet, “Affectionate Dog”, and kills him. Joe immediately rushes to Izak, hastily tinkering away to find out what’s wrong with his robot son. Mary rushes to the dog, checking for life. Even though Mary wanted to support Joe, she still placed more importance on the living, breathing pet than the son Joe had made of metal and wires. That scene said more than any conversation could have, and it was so well done.
I hope you enjoyed the film! I’m looking forward to seeing what Dan Rosen does next.