Milwaukee (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 14 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 12th 8:00pm JURIED
Breaking through the self-constructed barriers that isolate us and touching the human being beyond--the dream of any interpersonal relationship. How do we make this dream a reality? In this short film by J&J Productions, we follow a man who wishes to be left alone with his thoughts, drawings, and dreams. Until he is greeted one day by a saleswoman who guarantees to improve his life with a necklace. With the incentive of hope, the man tries to go out and recreate his dream in reality. But dreams and reality rarely align. A film that examines the value of hope.
J.T. Backes is so honored to work on another project with J&J Productions. He has been producing, directing and writing films for the past six years. Currently, he is acting on the stage with several theater companies around Milwaukee with some small film projects on the side.
Interaction throughout society has changed so drastically over the years. Before texting, video chatting, and facebook messaging, what did we do? How did we do it? This film is a look at a comparison of desire (the ideal) verses reality and how we deal with unexpected outcomes. When a man, who has low self-esteem with no motivation to connect with a world outside his apartment, is given a physical guarantee to increase his hope in the world at the low, low price of forty bucks, will it make a difference? Society is constantly giving us ways to disguise ourselves with clothes, scents, and countless other ways to make ourselves less of who we are. This film begins to explore what happens when we put all our trust into these trinkets rather than just having a normal human interaction. Throughout the film we examine the relationship between products and dreams. This film explores how much our dreams are worth and their ability to have a positive impact on our lives. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that our dreams will differ from the reality we end up facing.