July 15 2013 – We all want to believe that a union between two people forged in love will be everlasting. But, the failings of man brought on through the weakness of flesh becomes the thin edge of the wedge that will lead to destruction. And this self destruction comes in the form of Lo (Deneen Melody) whose devastating confrontation of infidelity by life her partner Jason (Michael Partipilo) beats at the heart of this tragic tales of sacrifice in director Jeremiah Kipp`s introspective short film, Crestfallen.
Kipp allows us to step into the confusion that now inhabits Lo`s world. With an Eve-like quality, Lo’s slow immersion into waters that can heal as well as harm triggers a flood of emotions. Tastefully haunting images of bloodletting coupled with a brooding slow burning score from the legendary composer Harry Manfredini, (the man behind Friday the 13th sound) channels additional waves of pain as flashback sequences round out this tight wound narrative.
Verdict: 3.5 / 5: Methodically paced, technically proficient and thought provoking in its imagery are just some of the qualities that form the cornerstones of this little gem. Not to be overlooked is writer Russ Penning’s dreamy vision that, at its core, is a deconstructed play on victimization and betrayal.
Sometimes finding the will to live, is all that you need.
Production Year: 2011
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Writer / Producer: Russ Penning
Assistant Producer: Marv Blauvelt, Chris Jay, Kitsie Duncan
DOP: Dominick Sivilli
Composer: Harry Manfredini
Cast: Deneen Melody, Michael Partipilo, Taylor Metzger, Zoe Lena Miller, Leander Miller, Nicole Ann Watson, Austin Dossey