Slate Reel: Curfew (2012)

Our film feature for this month (take a peek at your April dashboard!), Brink, is a marvelous short film by Shawn Christensen. It’s a unique end-of -days film seen through the eyes of Justin who has one last confession to make before all is lost. He needs to risk finding his best friend and tell her how he feels, amidst the dying of the world.

So sad. What makes it even more sad is the possibility of Brink not being available online again. Ever.

I stumbled upon this film a little more than a year ago and it was all over the online universe. However, it seems to have been taken down by its creators and has disappeared from our virtual screens. I really hope they bring it back online for the public to view. Something as beautiful as this should be shared I think. All that’s left now is its trailer:

Anyway, in my mourning for its disappearance, I found a new film from its maker, Shawn Christensen: Curfew. He not only directs, writes, and edits the film, but also stars in it as the hopelessly relatable Richie. This film is beautiful and wretched. It has gained many honors, most popular of which was Best Live Action Short Film in the recent Oscar Awards. According to the website, it is about:  At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Those few hours can change a man’s life.

I fear that this film may also leave us, just as Brink did. So, if you care, watch it while it’s still here:

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