Two old friends have a chance encounter in the park leading to a string of awkward conversations. “Small Talk,” directed by Tavis Putnam, is a lo-fi cringe comedy that drifts from innocent chit-chat into the realm of the unsettling. Walking his dog one day in the frigid Winnipeg winter, Ross St. Clair spots Lance Graham, his buddy from kindergarten who he’s fallen out of touch with. Ross insists on interrupting his jog, keeping the conversation going even as Lance is clearly uninterested in catching up. Eventually Lance softens, and, perhaps because he’s dealing with a breakup and feeling lonely and emotionally raw, agrees to meet up with Ross later. Characterized initially as a socially awkward but harmless hipster (“do you like Mac DeMarco?”), Ross begins to feel more and more creepy. Not only clueless to basic social graces, but also perhaps damaged from issues stemming from childhood. [Watch on YouTube]. (12 minutes). Written, directed, edited and starring Tavis Putnam. Staring Arnold Gonzaga. Director of Photography: Luke Roach. Sound Recordists: Ryan Wall and Will Anderson. Stills Photographer/Poster Design: Chelsea Mazur. Lighting and Grip: Brenden Loewen.