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PODCAST: Slamdance ’15 : Body


Best friends Holly, Cali, and Mel are home for the holidays.It’s a couple nights before Christmas and the three girls are bored out of their minds, sitting at Mel’s parents house. As she is wont to do, Cali suggests they go out and have some fun.

Her uncle owns a mansion one town over and happens to be out of town for the holiday. Better yet, he’s given her permission to party there. Despite Holly’s reservations, the girls head out. It’s only after hours of partying and taking advantage of the home’s many amenities that the girls discover Cali has lied to them. This is not her uncle’s house. It belongs to a family that Cali used to babysit for. And it becomes quite clear that permission was certainly never granted to party there. Holly and Mel, infuriated with Cali, immediately head for the door. Unfortunately, before they can leave, the groundskeeper of the estate arrives. The girls attempt to flee, but wind up running into him on their way out. An altercation follows and in a freak accident, the girls push him down the stairs. He falls awkwardly, breaking his neck and ultimately dying.For the remainder of the film, we watch the girls slowly unravel as they decide what to do about the dead body in the living room. But covering their tracks might mean adding to the body count… Written, and Directed by: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen

MY CAPSULE REVIEW
What works for me in this film from Dan Berk & Robert Olsen are the emerging talents of the two directors plus a trio of young actors who fleshed out their roles from the usual suspense and thriller mode. One of the girls is the definite alpha while the others willingly tag along. The internal power struggle makes this better than the average fare. The two directors are still working on their craft as this film is far from perfect but there’s talent that’s developing in front and behind the camera.

PODCAST

Co-Directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen chat with me for their Slamdance selected film Body about three young women with a dead body to deal with.

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