Indie Shorts: SOCKS & CAKES (2010)
Produced by Kimistra Films in association with Red Rock Entertainment, “Socks & Cakes” (2010) is a short dramedy of the bittersweet sort often associated with Woody Allen’s later films. Written and directed by Antonio Padovan, it is a vignette of the relationships between five ordinary New Yorkers — of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and tastes — who find themselves together at a dinner party in Greenwich Village.
Harry (Timothy J. Cox) is a cynical, self-hating French literature professor at NYU who is just taking his life one day at a time. His ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), an architect and film director, is now married to Harry’s best friend, Richard (Jeff Moffitt), who is also an architect.
The dinner party takes place at Richard’s place. Both he and Amanda seem to put on a positive front that all is well with their marriage, although they live in separate homes. Amanda has her doubts, which she has recently acted out. Richard has a wandering eye, especially when he meets the free-spirited, yet innocent Sophie (Alex Vincent). Sophie has come to the party as the guest of her new boyfriend, the older and always grinning real-estate broker, David (Ben Prayz).
This short film will leave the viewer with the wish that its story would continue. Its ending completes the intended vignette of its characters’ messy, self-involved lives, but (with minor changes and additions) would make a good first act for a feature film, for which the viewer might also find him- or herself hoping.
The excellent acting in this short film is the product of the cast’s talent and Padovan’s writing, which provided his actors with juicy, ironic lines. Cox takes a fourth-wall-breaking soliloquy in stride, providing much-needed back-story about Harry and his friends while maintaining that thin strand of believability that connects the audience to the film. Meares delivers a comically tragic account of her past with Harry that is one of the best performances in the short. As the free-spirited, yet jaded Richard, Moffitt delivers some of the most quotable lines in the film.
Another reason for the cast’s enjoyable performances is the overall quality of the production, which is high. The cinematography, lighting, sound, and musical score are worthy (and reminiscent) of the famous New York filmmaker referenced at the beginning of this review. This in itself is remarkable for a low-budget, indie film (HD video, actually) and goes to show how talent and ingenuity can make good art out of available means.
It’s obvious that “Socks & Cakes” is highly recommended. The only (known) place where it can be viewed online is on Timothy J. Cox’s website (scroll to bottom of the page after clicking the link). This reviewer was unable to find the film on YouTube and Vimeo. If any reader knows of another venue where “Socks & Cakes” can be found, please leave a comment below.
Disclosure: Loud Green Bird provided this “fair and honest” review at Mr. Cox’s request. No financial considerations were involved in the review process.