SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Daddio, Dirty, Waffle

SXSW 2020 Day 5 of 10 day limited available event. Don’t hesitate, watch the films you’re interested in while you can.

Daddio ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Run time: 19 minutes
Director: Casey Wilson
SXSW film #12 watched

A father (Michael McKean) and daughter (Casey Wilson) deal with the aftermath and loss of the wife and mother. A sympathy comedy with some real heart and style. Based on the real life experience of director Casey Wilson’s life.

Has a very professional feel and quality, plus includes (obviously) experienced actors. Look up McKean’s filmography, it’s overflowing with good films he’s been in (Airheads!). I dug this one — a lot.

Dirty ⭐️
Run time: 12 minutes
Director: Matthew Puccini
SXSW film #13 watched

Two students cut class to have gay sex and experience an unfortunate outcome.

I was encouraged by the director’s opening commentary that there might be something educational in this short film and I suppose there sort of is. It just wasn’t enough of a story that left me going, yeah, that was very illuminating, creative or all that interesting. I would say it was kind of gross, but that demeans a serious situation, so i won’t go that far, but I think the topic could have been handled with more humor and fun than it was here. Kind of a downer, actually.

Waffle ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Run time: 12 minutes
Director: Carlyn Hudson
SXSW film #14 watched

Two ladies in their pajamas are talking about their adventure the night before. Social awkwardness explored through … waffle making.

“Let’s make waffles to soak up the alcohol!”

As someone who likes eating waffles, I got hungry watching this. The woman in the pajamas character arc was a nice road to travel. Enjoyed and recommended.

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