New Year New You • Drama, Short Films, 05-Jan-2021
A struggling novelist throws a dinner party to announce his acceptance into a prestigious writer's program, but his plans are soon overshadowed by a more pressing matter. Joe Stankus directs “Good News,” an elegantly constructed exploration of a relationship between two men dealing with varying levels of accomplishment, and intimate power dynamic shifts. Evan is lying in bed struggling to work on his novel when a new email pops up that he’s been accepted to a writers workshop in New Hampshire. He quickly throws together a dinner party to announce the good news to his partner, Dan, but his night of celebration hits a snag with an unforeseen turn of events. Stankus finds a delicate tonal balance, serious in its depiction of the fragile human psyche but also darkly funny. The film sets up expectations, goes in another direction, and then lingers in the aftermath, an engrossing scenario that burrows deep into the heads of its characters. -KA. Director: Joe Stankus. Cast: Ben Fisher, Robert Spence, Mariola Figueroa, Logan Cunningham. DP: Rikki Porter. Editor: Jasmine Thimothe. Producer: Richard Levin. Production Designer: Kelsey Hannah Walsh.
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