By Brett Mullins
Directed by Jeremiah Kipp; Written by Russ Penning
Crestfallen is a six minute short film that feels more like an extended trailer than a stand alone film. Series of scenes are cut together to depict a depressing tale that, at the same time, is bursting with life.
Lo, played by Deneen Melody, feels as though her life is crashing around her. She makes the decision to cut her losses and take her life with the stroke of a blade.
Though this film features not a single line of dialogue, it is able to convey the characters’ emotions and actions strongly. By employing this style of interweaving scenes together, the audience is able to put themselves in the shoes of Lo and her desperation. It seems almost amazing that the audience is able to connect with the characters and feel deeply for them with such a short run time.
This film is very well made, even with a bit of a lo-fi feel, and is surely worth watching for fans of any genre.