*Online Premiere* A struggling actor in L.A. goes in for an audition. It doesn’t go well. Presented as an eight minute single-take, “Everything Happens to Me” is a funny and painful glimpse into chasing your dreams well past the point of no return.
When he arrives, he’s frazzled and unprepared, having just got off the phone with his wife about bills that need to be paid, banks that need to be called, children that need to be picked up from school. He’s a mess but tries to lighten the mood with the casting directors, “you guys wanted him fat and sweaty, right?” It doesn’t land. Neither does his performance. The real drama however takes place outside once he leaves, humiliated, hopeless, forced to reckon with all the choices that have led him down this career path.
Brendan Jennings plays the desperate man offering a healthy dose of pathos and physical humor. Also impressive is the uninterrupted take itself, requiring quite the feat of camera choreography and timing. It was well worth it. (9 minutes). Written and directed by Greg Hess. D.P. Craig Tovey. Starring Brendan Jennings.