Short stars Desperate Housewivesâ€™ Steven Culp.
LOS ANGELESâ€” Director David Orrâ€™s short film “Refresh” (www.refreshfilm.com) will make its Los Angeles premiere on July 25th as part of the 14th Annual LA Shorts Fest. The film stars Steven Culp (“13 Days”, “Desperate Housewives”, “West Wing”) and Scott Michael Campbell (“Brokeback Mountain”, “24″, “Push”).
A mind-bending parable in the spirit of “Amazing Stories” and “The Twilight Zone”, “Refresh” centers on a wealthy businessman, Roger Dean (Culp), who is seeking a cure from his chronic depression. Deanâ€™s quest leads him to a mysterious medical clinic that promises a highly effectiveâ€”but irrevocableâ€”solution.
“Refresh” marks the short film debut for Orr, who is well known for his work as a commercial director, photographer and visual artist. His work has won ADDY, BDA, CTAM, PROMAX, New York Festival and TELLY awards, and been shown in Ad Age, Adweek, Communication Arts, Graphis, Millimeter, SHOOT, the Art Directorâ€™s Club, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Andrew Turman is the filmâ€™s cinematographer; Christopher Willoughby is the filmâ€™s editor.
â€œThe tableau and mood of ‘Refresh’ was inspired by a visit to a sleep study clinicâ€”a place where you spend the night monitored by video cameras and electronic sensors attached to your body,â€? observes Orr. â€œI think thereâ€™s a universal feeling that being in a medical facility and dealing with medical staffâ€”when youâ€™re at your most vulnerableâ€”is stressful and depressing. I remember lying there in my pajamas, getting hooked up to a machine by an unfamiliar person, thinking: â€˜Wow, this is just like a horror film!â€™ I began writing the next day.â€?
“Refresh” is one of the first narrative films to be shot with a digital still camera with HD video capabilities, Canonâ€™s 5D mk II. Orrâ€™s background as a commercial director and fine art photographer enabled him to see, early on, the possibilities of using a still camera with HD capabilities. As “Refresh” was filmed in a practical location, the cameraâ€™s small size and ability to shoot in low light allowed the production to move quickly yet give the story the atmospheric and cinematic look it needed.
Orr screened portions of “Refresh” and was a panelist at Digital Day, an annual symposium on emerging technology held by the Directors Guild of America, where the quality of the imagery drew rave reviews from the crowd of directors, cinematographers and producers. Orr also discussed the making of the film at HD/EXPO, The Newport Beach Film Festival, and at the Collision Conference.
The 14th Annual LA Shorts Festival (aka the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival) is one of the largest short film festivals in the world. This yearâ€™s festival will include screenings of nearly 300 films from more than 1200 entrants. In past years, 33 participating films have earned Academy Award nominations, with 11 filmmakers actually taking home the Oscar.
“Refresh” will screen on July 25th at 7:45 p.m. The screening will occur at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located at 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, California 90046. Tickets and information are available at www.lashortsfest.com.
For more information about Refresh, visit www.refreshfilm.com.