Built around a tense prison visit, this vivid 16mm short is utterly captivating despite minimal set-up and sparsely revealed character information. What we find out is that a young woman has built a relationship with an incarcerated man and the truth of their connection has been kept dark. Her visit this time is different. As a prison guard monitors, the jailed man (a spellbinding Matthew Officer) reveals the truth about the devastating circumstances that led the two here.
Directed by Kassim Norris (his debut short film), It Eats You Up is impressive for its economy of images, stark emotional performances, and raw sense of intimacy. Norris also serves as cinematographer and the visuals are simple but arresting. (5 minutes) Directed by Kassim Norris. Starring Matthew Officer and Ja’Tuan Tiara. D.P. Kassim Norris.