Friday, July 2, 2010

Fantastic Short Film Friday: The Bowler

And we are back with another weekly installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we look to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you a 15-minute short documentary called The Bowler. Last week I showcased director Sean Dunne's first film, The Archive, and this week I'm bringing you his latest docu-short. It's the story of hustling and bowling, of the people in the background of society looking to make a buck slinging a ball, selling their soul pin by pin. Here's the synopsis:

Meet Rocky Salemmo. He’s a ramblin’ gamblin’ man. For the majority of his adult life Rocky has hustled bowling for a living. Here is his story. A short documentary about booze, broads and bowling.

Watching this film, I can't help but marvel at director's Sean Dunne's assuredness behind the camera, as he captures his huckster subject, a live version Bugs Bunny, and makes him endearing. I also can't help but wonder if Rocky Salemmo isn't a type of flea-market back-alley god, one that I pity yet admire, because damn if he isn't living his life the way he wants to.

To find out more information about Sean Dunne and his films, check my last post of, The Archive.

So sit back, relax, and try not to cry out as Rocky knocks down the pins to your heart, frame by frame.

The Bowler from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

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