Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts
Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)
The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.
Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.
What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives. (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)
When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.
Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.
How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.
Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made. Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.
“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016