SHORT TERM 12
Short | 22 min | 2008 | US Dir/Writer:Destin Cretton
Denim is the supervisor for a residential facility housing 15 kids who are all affected by child abuse and neglect in unimaginable ways. Fights and blow-ups happen daily and Denim knows how to respond. But as his personal life collides with work, he begin to realize that he’s no better off than the kid’s he’s trying to help.
A small production with $3,500 budget, Dennis Cretton weaved a wonderful story for the span of the 22-minute duration and filled it throughly. It’s such a compact yet complete story of a man and the band of troubled teenagers that surrounds him. The thing i adore about this kind of short is how the each character background can be so well established within the short period of time, enough for us to understand the emotional response and reaction that we witness in the film. Even with the moderate level of acting here, the story itself become the solid backbone of the film. The cinematographer utilizes only natural lighting due to budget constraints, delivering a grainy, moody pictures that seemed grounded and lend the air of naturalism that works in favor to the film atmosphere.
SHORT TERM 12 (2008) won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film is available for download as an individual short as well as a part of Five Award-Winning Short Films pack.
SHORT TERM 12 (2013)
GENRE Drama DIRECTOR Destin Cretton | PRODUCER Destin Cretton, Michelle Steffes, Anthony Pang | WRITER Destin Cretton | MUSIC Will Hensel, Patrick Victor Monroe | CINEMATOGRAPHER Brett Pawlak | EDITOR Destin Cretton | STUDIO Flagpop | COUNTRY United States | RUNNING TIME 21 minutes | RELEASE September 23, 2008
STARRING Brad William Henke, Tania Verafield, Phoenix Henke, LaKeith Stanfield, James Hansen