*Online Premiere* After a divorce, a frazzled father looks to reconnect with his daughter in this subtly funny slice-of-life portrait filled with authentic details of big city life and small apartment realities, and led by two compelling lead performances.
Trying to make the best of a difficult situation, Charlie welcomes his sad-eyed daughter, Dee Dee, into a new apartment where he’s living with his mother (and her paranoia about the internet knowing too much about her), and tries to focus on the pros, like having a gas stove and the basketball hoop over her door. But there’s plenty of cons too, like the collapsing ceiling and the generally cramped space of the young girls’s room. Not to mention the perpetual commotion in the apartment, either from Charlie's harried phone calls to debt collection agents, or from his unconventional guitar lessons, etc.
Directed by Hunter Zimny, who has had a couple previous shorts on NoBudge, most notably Healthy: A Documentary, a hilarious send-up to the world of self help, the new short takes a slight turn toward narrative, and though the comedy comes from similar life observances, there’s a new emotional weight that arrives via wreckage from a failed marriage. Charlie's bumbling but sincere attempts to be a good dad are touching, as are Dee Dee's responses, a rare combination of sweet and tough. Starring Josephine Seger and Jason Grisell. (17 minutes)