This 30-minute film marks the promising debut of David R. Brooks and Karen Weggen-mann. Though there’s not much meat in the story, the duo show ingenuity and talent.
The story centers around mentally disabled adolescent Allowishes, and his lonely, alienated existence. Disliked by his mother, misunderstood by others, he finds solace in his daydreams of being a hero and being adored by others. He eventually befriends a transient who helps fulfill his dreams.
Dialogue is kept to a minimum, as images are used to paint the picture. Director Brooks and D.P. Todd Appleman employ out-of-focus shots of the cityscape and unusual angles to effectively reflect the subject’s confusion in life; this P.O.V. is backed up by the vivid color images and at times distorted sounds.
The most entertaining parts of the movie, Allowishes’ daydreams, are well staged by the filmmakers, such as a scene in which he saves the President from an assassination attempt.
However, like a lot of student films, there isn’t much of a story.
The acting, especially of lead Ian Downs, is better than OK; all involved deserve credit.
Weggenmann and Brooks were winners from more than 100 entries in Bravo’s first Community Cinema Competition, whose goal is to give more exposure to aspiring filmmakers.
In collaboration with local cable networks, all entries were aired on Bravo, initially on a local level. Bravo deserves credit for this project.