A young man named Bobby takes stock of his life before heading off to Atlantic City to audition for Survivor, the TV show. With old family photographs and footage from a dated digital camera, we're introduced to Bobby as he reflects on his life and upbringing. It's a poignant character study about growing up in a broken family and moving on.
Bobby’s been to jail 3 times, he’s $70,000 in debt, and his teeth are decaying in his mouth. He was a promising wrestler in high school until back problems sidelined his career. He’s a natural born fighter but also a lover of all creatures, and a poet who works as a server at an Italian restaurant. “What does the American Dream mean to you?” he's asked in a series of questions. "To earn my money, to feel good about myself," he answers. There’s a wounded but powerful humanity in everything he says, and a raw sincerity.
Made by Roger Hayn, the film feels something like an off-kilter video application (say for a reality TV show) one that skips over the niceties and heads straight to the guts. (14 minutes). Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Short at AFI FEST 2012 and Official Selection at SXSW 2013. The film has yet to be fully available. NoBudge is happy to present it as an Online Premiere.