I've written several pieces about all-around filmmaker Jessie Kahnweiler, most notably this here about her webseries, Dude, Where's My Chutzpah?, that she wrote, directed and starred in.
She just posted her last short film which is...well, let's just say it's different.
I'll also say that it's terrific. But not for every one. In fact, when I started watching, I didn't think it was going to be for me. But then I saw where she was going, and I was seriously impressed with how she takes a tragic situation and somehow handles it with adorable charm and humor in a most incredibly off-beat, unexpected way to make a powerful point.
The 8-minute film is titled, "Meet My Rapist." I don't want to give away what she does, because that's more than half the wonderment of the work. I'll just say that with her abundant good nature and screen presence (and clever film technique) she's able to make the grueling point that no matter how much you smile and move on, some deep problems stick with us wherever we turn. Yet that isn't what defines us.
Again, this isn't for everyone. There's a dark edge underneath everything. Yet on the surface, it's warm, friendly, funny and endearing. And the combination of it all is why I found this so good.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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