One of the most decorated short films of the year, Matt Kazman’s Killer examines an old wives’ tale about masturbation and pushes it over the edge in this masterfully cringe-worthy coming-of-age dramedy.
Dusty is a young boy wishing for puberty and some body hair so he can finally wear deodorant. The school bully, who already sports a mustache, torments him endlessly but there’s nothing Dusty can do about it… until maybe there is. It all begins one day at his friend’s house when the subject of sex arises. Dusty’s curiosity is piqued and soon he tries to masturbate for the first time, but it comes with significant unintended consequences.
A perfectly modulated mix of elements: the old country music meets the modern suburban setting. The juvenile storyline meets elegant scene construction. There's never a wasted frame -- it’s wonderfully visualized (cinematography by Ryan Nethery) and beautifully edited. And more than deserving of its wide festival praise and awards. (20 minutes) EDITED, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Matt Kazman. STARRING: Hale Lytle. PRODUCED BY: Ben Altarescu. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryan Nethery. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Cidney Hue. CASTING: Matthew Wulf. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Sundance Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival.