I do not know anyone associated with this short, well-crafted, uplifting film called “Change for a Dollar.” It just flowed by me earlier this morning and at the time, only had 350 views. It was posted yesterday, so I clicked on it thinking I’d watch a few seconds.
Ten minutes later, I’m playing Rex Reed instead of Rex Hammock: It’s a simple “pay it forward” clichéd plot, but with a message that is always worth re-telling — and first time filmmaker, Sharon Wright re-tells it with skill and grace and never crosses over the line from telling a story to preaching a sermon.
Her approach is more influenced by Madison Avenue than Hollywood — a series of dialogue-free, loosely-connected, emotionally tugging vignettes that follow the way some change contributed to a mysterious homeless man will create a change in a series of people throughout the day.
Best thing: The score and performance by Christopher Komsthoeft of the band, Apples for Archers. In addition to the quality of Wright’s obvious skills and the enormous work that went into the piece, the score is what held me on the film through to the end. With just a keyboard (I’m guessing) and not a full (or even partial) orchestra, he’s helped enable Wright’s fulfillment of her vision.
Weakest thing: Typography used in credits, especially in presenting the name of the film. Why do filmmakers find it so hard to use type?
[via: Matthew Rappaport.]