After being mugged on Halloween night, Dave takes to his hotel room to report the incident to his credit card company and experiences an unsettling exchange. Starring Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (a director we featured with his 2017 film "Ape Sodom,") “All Shook Up,” is a wildly WTF short directed by Eva Michon, a pitch black comedy with nihilist overtones. Dave’s friends, dressed respectively as the devil and a dead beauty queen, try to take care of him as he waits on the line with the bank. Listening to the pre-recorded options with a nasty black eye and dazed demeanor, Dave tries to follow along with the automated voice even as it gets oddly specific. How many people attacked him? What did they look like? If Dave wishes to leave race out of this, he must press a corresponding button. It works as a piece of commentary on the hyper-computerized customer service of so-called advanced western society, as well as a form of institutionalized racism presented as innocuous fact-finding. In all respects, it’s a striking piece of style and atmosphere with a haunting closing turn. -KA.
Directed by Eva Michon. Written by Eva Michon and Sebastien Grainger. Producer: Ryan Tremblay. Starring Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Joe Cobden, Deragh Campbell.