*Online Premiere* Using surreal, Lynchian atmospheres and a dread-inducing soundscape, Losing It is an unsettling reflection of our times. On its face, it’s about two high school kids going to prom, but underneath lurks a disturbing dose of societal illness.
A shy kid we may assume is harmless, but as the title suggests could be “losing it,” whatever “it” is, goes to pick up his date. Having a sit-down chat with her parents before leaving is initially fodder for awkward laughs, but it doesn’t take long for the father to start mouthing off as a paranoid racist. It doesn't get any better when the two finally head to the dance. The innocent girl now has to deal with the sexist, entitled culture of teenage boys capable of god knows what.
Director Henry Jinings pulls off a miracle of mixing genres. We’re never quite sure the ground we’re standing on — elements of modern horror meld with Hitchcockian suspense while also alluding to teen comedy. It’s a brilliant concoction that feels utterly original and firmly establishes Jinings as a young talent to watch. NoBudge is happy to present the film as an Online Premiere. (12 minutes). Official Selection 2017 Slamdance. Written & Directed by Henry Jinings. Starring Rachelle Henry and Bryce Earhart. Photographed by Andrew Ellmaker. Produced by Sara Chesney, Henry Jinings and Aileen Sheedy.