For the third year in a row, a short film produced in MDIA 4719, Advanced Narrative Production aka “419” has been honored by the Broadcast Education Association. “The Retiree,” based on a short story by award winning author Russell Banks, placed third in this year’s Festival of Media Arts judging. In 2015 “Joy Ride,” based on a short story by Richard Russo placed 1st, and in 2014, “Monhegan Light,” another film based on a Russo story placed 2nd.
“The Retiree” is the story of an elderly ex-marine who resorts to robbing banks in order to make ends meet. His “retirement plan” goes awry when a car accident lands him in the hospital, where he is confronted by his three sons, all of whom work in law enforcement.
Directed by PJ O’Connell, and produced by Allie Mannix, Cody Zumbro and Nikki Rodriguez, the film was shot in and around Athens County by a team of 25 students. William Robbins was the Director of Photography and Ryan Kruppa was the editor.
The BEA judges described the film’s ending as “powerful, ambiguous, and sombering as it offers no real way out, which accurately depicts the vicious circle caused by the horrors of war. Each shot emphasizes the loneliness and despair of the old veteran as he is forced to do the unthinkable.”
One of the judges called the film “…one of the best produced films I’ve seen in the competition,” and another wrote that “The Retiree” is easily the best looking of the films on the list…and fulfills the potential offered by its premise.”
To view “The Retiree” click HERE.