Death to the Tinman
Drama, Short Films, 12-Dec-2022
Facing banishment, a town pariah repents in order to win back the pastor’s daughter but finds himself cursed. “Death to the Tinman,” directed by Ray Tintori, is a classic from 2007, a kinetic, remarkably stylized extravaganza shot on 16mm black and white film. An origin story of the Tinman from “The Wizard of Oz,” (loosely based on the book by L. Frank Baum), we follow Bill, a wild-at-heart firefighter with a sordid past. He falls in love with Jane but his reputation precedes him and the relationship is not approved by Jane’s father. That is, until Bill gives his heart to the Lord, which he does but not without repercussion. Enter Paul Mermelstein, Bill’s only friend, a disgraced engineer who tries to help Bill rebuild his life. A work of youthful brilliance, a stunning medley of music and montage on the subject of love, revolution, rebirth, miracle, and wealth redistribution. -KA. Directed by Ray Tintori. Cinematographer: Robert Leitzell. Producer: Dan Janvey. Music: Dan Romer, Bent Zeitlin. Starring Jeff Delauter, Sophia Holman. Narrated by Max Goldblatt.