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Cannonball (short film)

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Cannonball is a 2019 dark comedy short film directed by Sean Fredricks and written by Sean Fredricks and Simon Nicholas.[1] The film stars MJ Brackin and Trevor Torseth. The film premiered at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Los Angeles on March 17th, 2019.[2]

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Darla (MJ Brackin) is a type-A Brentwood mom who's done with her abusive marriage. Her solution? Hire an assassin. Enter Deuce (Trevor Torseth): a superstitious hitman who believes deeply in his cosmic purpose. That is, of course, until the universe throws a wrench in both their plans, and they must decide what to do—practically and existentially—before the universe decides for them.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • MJ Brackin as Darla.
  • Trevor Torseth as Deuce.

Festivals[edit]

Cannonball has been an official selection at the following festivals:[4]

  • Bahamas International Film Festival[5]
  • Black Hills Film Festival[6]
  • Capital City Film Festival
  • DeadCENTER Film Festival[7]
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
  • Festival of Cinema NYC
  • FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood[8]
  • Indy Film Festival[9]
  • Malibu Film Festival[10]
  • Manhattan Film Festival
  • Monmouth Film Festival
  • New York City Independent Film Festival[11]
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
  • Ojai Film Festival[12]
  • San Diego Film Festival
  • San Diego International Film Festival[13]
  • Santa Monica Film Festival[14]
  • SoHo International Film Festival
  • Taormina Film Fest
  • Twin City Film Festival
  • USA Film Festival
  • Vail Film Festival[15]

Awards[edit]

Cannonball has received awards from numerous festivals.[16]

Year Association Award Category Result
2019 Edmonton International Film Festival Best Comedy Short Won
USA Film Festival Best Short Film Finalist
Outstanding Performance Award Won
Vail Film Festival Best Short Film Won
Santa Monica Film Festival Best Short Film Won
Best Performance (Trevor Torseth) Won
Writing (Original Screenplay) Nominated
Best of Festival Nominated
Best Performance (MJ Brackin) Nominated
Manhattan Film Festival Best Crime Comedy Won
FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood Audience Award - Best Short Film Won
Best Comedy Nominated
Manhattan Film Festival Best Crime Comedy Won
SoHo International Film Festival Audience Award - Best Short Film Won
Festival of Cinema NYC Best Screenplay Nominated
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival Best Dark Comedy Film Nominated
Monmouth Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
2020 Black Hills Film Festival Jury Prize - Best Short Narrative Won

Critical Response[edit]

According to Bliss Bowen of The Argonaut, Cannonball “sets up noir archetypes then cleverly implodes them in under 20 minutes.”[17] According to Christopher Zyp from Moving Radio, Cannonball is a “fascinating, dark comedy.”[18]

References[edit]

  1. "Cannonball (2019)". IMDb. Retrieved on June 13, 2020.
  2. "Festivals and Screenings". Cannonball Official Website. Retrieved on June 13, 2020.
  3. "About the Film". Cannonball Official Website. Retrieved on June 13, 2020.
  4. "Awards". IMDb. Retrieved on June 15, 2020.
  5. "Cannonball". Bahamas International Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  6. "Cannonball". Black Hills Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  7. "Cannonball". deadCenter Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  8. "Cannonball". FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  9. "Cannonball". Indy Film Fest. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  10. "Cannonball". Malibu Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  11. "Cannonball". NYC Independent Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  12. "Cannonball". Ojai Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  13. "San Diego International Film Festival Announces 2019 Films & Honorees". San Diego International Film Festival. Posted September 5, 2019. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  14. "Cannonball". Santa Monica Film Festival. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  15. Staff Report (August 19, 2019). "List of Vail Film Fest winners includes Rising Star, Audience Award & more". Vail Daily. Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  16. "Awards". IMDb. Retrieved on June 15, 2020.
  17. "Long Story Short". The Argonaut. Posted November 26, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  18. Christian Zip (November 2019). "Filmmaker Interview - Sean Fredricks (dir/co-writer) 'Cannonball'". Moving Radio. Retrieved June 5, 2020.

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