Rumination is a 2017 science fiction drama short film written, produced, and directed by Chad Eric Smith. The film stars Kelvin Drama as “a heartbroken man who travels into the past for a second chance at a failed relationship”. The cast also includes Angus Whinfield and Danny Gavigan. The Rogers Revue, "an online magazine dedicated to entertainment news and media events surrounding the Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Metropolitan Areas," compared Rumination's tone to Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Netflix’ Black Mirror. Inspired by a personal experience with grief following a breakup, Smith began writing the screenplay in 2015. The film’s title is a psychological term that means “the focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions.”  Smith coupled this concept with the topics of heartache and time travel.
Rumination premiered on October 14, 2017 at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington, DC. It screened next at the Rosebud Film Festival, hosted by Arlington Independent Media, and won the “Best DMV Film” award. It then screened in Boston, Massachusetts at the Somerville Theatre as part of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and was noted for bringing diversity to the festival.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Kelvin Drama as Elliott
- Angus Whinfield as Monique
- Danny Gavigan as Renard
Production[edit | edit source]
Location and sets
Principal photography began on June 20, 2017 with the filming of all interior house scenes. On June 21, 2017, b-roll filming took place at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The final phase of principal photography took place on July 25, 2017 at the DC Diner near the H Street corridor in Washington, D.C.
Sound design and music
The score for Rumination was written by Smith's father, Emmy Award-winning producer Jonathan Bey, and consisted of binaural beats in order to replicate the auditory illusions found in out-of-body experience induction music .
Film Festival Screenings[edit | edit source]
Rumination was an official selection at many festivals across the country.
- The Reel Independent Film Extravaganza
- The Rosebud Film Festival
- Capitol Hill Film Classic
- The Boston SciFi Film Fest
- The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (The NOVA Fest)
- The Maryland International Film Festival
- The North Beach American Film Festival
- The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
- The Southern Maryland Film Festival
- The Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
- The DC Black Film Festival
Reception[edit | edit source]
The film received critical praise for its themes, editing, musical score, and acting. Lauren Cash of The Rogers Revue gave Rumination an A+ and said it was "thought out and visually captivating". William Powell of Blasting News said that Rumination was "a triumph of visual storytelling". Stacy Cox of DecayMag.com said the "production brings out a rush of emotions". Judith Swanson of BlackSci-Fi.com enjoyed the "emotional journey" and called the film's editing "flawless".. K. Ceres Wright of Diverse Writers & Artists Of Speculative FIction said the film had a "heart-touching story with a surprise ending" and encouraged audiences to watch the post-credits scene for an extra "twist". Actor Danny Gavigan received much praise for his performance as a neuroscientist on the autism spectrum. Gavigan became the first winner of the special jury prize: Platinum Award for Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Shorts Awards.
In 2018, Rumination won the Rosebud Award for ‘Best DMV Film’; ‘Best Supporting Actor – Short Film’ (Danny Gavigan) and ‘Best Editing – Short Film’ (Kelvin J) at The NOVA Fest; Diamond Awards for ‘Best Sci-Fi’ at the LA Shorts Awards and the Mindfield Film Festival in Los Angeles; ‘Best Local Film’ at the Capitol Hill Film Classic; and the Platinum Award for Best Supporting Actor (Special Jury Prize – Danny Gavigan), Gold Award for Best Sci-Fi Short, and Gold Award for Best Editing (Kelvin J) at the Independent Shorts Awards. It also won The Jury Prize at the 2018 Southern Maryland Film Festival. 
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