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1 April 2017

Vote for Renee's BRILLIANT Short Film: The Usual - Voting Closes on April 9

Renee's short film "The Usual" is up for an award and you can vote. The Usual is an EXCEPTIONAL film - Renee's work here is outstanding. I wish she would do more of these type of movies because she truly excels. Dawn Higginbotham, the writer, producer and director of this short film tweeted about the awards. You can go vote (please do so, the film deserves award after award. it's BRILLIANT). I reviewed after I had seen it (see below for the review).

VOTING OPENS
Apr 06, 2017 at 8:00am MDT (America/Denver)

VOTING CLOSES
Apr 09, 2017 at 9:00am MDT (America/Denver)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Apr 04, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)

Watch it. Then go vote for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had the great fortune of seeing this short film at the 2015 Official Xena Convention in Burbank in February 2015. Before seeing this film, I watched the youtube trailer and I found the whole idea FASCINATING. As the blurb says it’s set during the great depression of the 1930s.

Written and directed by Dawn Higginbotham. It’s beautiful written, acted and directed. See the full credits here

Renee’s acting in this short film is a delight to watch. She’s subtle and has the gravitas to pull this off as a young women with her husband who are obviously extremely wealthy. Mr and Mrs Ford can afford to dine at the most expensive restaurant. The character’s nastiness is believable and Renee makes you feel distaste for the character.

The short film’s message is quite profound and it made me think. Beautifully shot, written and acted. I would love to see a full feature film come out of this. It deserves it. I’m fascinated by the time period of the 1920-1950’s so it caught my attention.

Renee needs to do more of these type of movies. She excels in projects with a message such as “One Weekend A Month” the classic “Words Unspoken” and “Infinity (I have not seen this short but the PTSD storyline is EXTREMELY powerful). She should do less of the dross that criminally wastes her talent and film. Alas it’s the dross that pays the bills.

If you have the chance to see The Usual, please do so. You won’t be disappointed.

The only disappointment I had was that it wasn’t longer.

Rating: 5/5


 

 

 

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