‘Last Call’ to enjoy the 2005 Breck FIlm Fest | SummitDaily.com

‘Last Call’ to enjoy the 2005 Breck FIlm Fest

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Jennifer Harper.

In only 29 minutes, “Last Call” accomplishes what many movies don’t in more than two hours.Selected the Best of Fest in the short drama category at the Breckenridge Festival of Film, “Last Call” tells the story of one intense night in the lives of Ross (Jude Ciccolella), who runs a dive bar in Queens, and Lanie (Dana Dewes), who sings in the bar.

Lanie comes to the bar one night after closing and unexpectedly comes on to Ross, asking if he would take topless photos of her to submit to Playboy. Ross soon turns on Lanie when he realizes she was only trying to use him for protection from her abusive boyfriend.In a very poignant scene, Ross forces her to live out one of her worst nightmares.

The chemistry and strange tension between these two characters, the only ones seen in the film, is remarkable. And the sentiments are raw and ragged, mimicking the surrounding scenery of the dark and seedy bar.While the film runs the gamut of emotions from lust to sadness to fear, the main feeling can be summed up in one word – desperation. Lanie and Ross are both desperate for a sense of belonging, being good enough and being loved.

They’re desperate for a way out of their own lives. The film’s resolution (which I obviously won’t give away) is quite simple but leaves audiences with some sense of relief and possibly hope for these two characters.Directed by Robert Bailey, the short drama screens at 11:42 a.m. today as part of the film festival’s Best of Fest, which begins at 10 a.m. and also includes “Strike the Tent,” “Zerophilia,” “Almost Normal,” “2+1” and “Boxers and Ballerinas.” Best of Fest will be at the Speakeasy, located at 103 S. Harris St. in Breckenridge.

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