by Del Harvey
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In this small tale of a simple misunderstanding, a restaurant manager attempts to redeem herself after being talked into a humiliating strip search of her socially inept employee. What transpires is ultimately embarrassing for the lead character.
Based on true events, Plainview is the story of Missy (Ryan Driscoll), a small town restaurant manager in charge of Brian (Anderson Lawfer), her simple minded, yet endearing employee who’s painfully aware of the incompetencies that cause his register drawer to come up short. When Missy receives a detective’s phone call concerning monetary thefts within the company, it’s Brian who’s the main suspect. Slowly, the detective talks her step-by-step into a thorough investigation of Brian. Each step grows increasingly humiliating, culminating into a full-body strip search, before Missy discovers her detective’s true, horrifying intention. Now, after being berated by both her boss (Alex Gillmor) and the local sheriff (James S. Allen), Missy’s newfound empathy for Brian motivates her attempt to restore not just his dignity, but her own as well.
In the end, Plainview is not a film that will overwhelm with high drama, tension, anxiety, or big special effects. But it isn’t meant to be that kind of film, either. It’s an extremely well-made little short with strong characters thrown into a small, real life turmoil due to one individual’s naïveté. And that makes it all the more enjoyable.
Scott completed his B.A. for Film/Video at Columbia College Chicago with a concentration on writing and direction. He’s been making films since 1996. Some of his productions include a documentary about internationally renowned musician/graphic artist Jay Ryan and the short film dramedy “The Salesmen.” Scott has also taken some acting roles including the lead role in Alex Rojas’ short film “cushion,” which premiered at 2005’s Slamdance Film Festival. In 2005 Scott co-founded TaLiLi Films with Liz Dotts and is currently prepping for a short film for production early next year.
Runtime: 23 min.
Filmed on location in Algonquin, Illinois
Del Harvey is the founder and editor of Film Monthly. He teaches screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago.
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