Short Films, 02-Oct-2020
After a day of shoveling hay, a spiritual dilettante tries to project his beliefs onto an uninterested co-worker. Andrew Theodore Balasia and Roman Koval direct “Holy Cannoli!”, a two hander character study about life’s purpose and fulfilling your potential, as interpreted by the half-baked musings of a long-haired L.A. hipster. His brand of enlightenment is aggressively conveyed and seemingly there to convince other people of his deepness, or to shame others for living wrong. After work, the two men sit in the garden (“working with plants makes me feel closer to God”), relax in a pool, and discuss work and money. While the wannabe guru spews his long-winded ramblings on the divine life, Andrew is content to just drink some Bud Lights and chill. At least, until the boys hit up a yurt and things start to open up. We previously featured Balasia’s “In That Other Fantasy (Where We Lived Forever),” an exploration of fame and fantasy, and both films are delivered in a uniquely off-the-cuff fashion and offer penetrating glimpses into certain molds of L.A. seekers. Director: Andrew Theodore Balasia, Roman Koval. Writer: Andrew Theodore Balasia. Cast: Jordan Raf, Andrew Theodore Balasia, Matthew Ortega. Photographer: Roman Koval. Editor: Andrew Theodore Balasia. Production Sound: Evan Ostrow. VFX: Thom Reimerink. Mixer: Michael Balasia. Title Design: Ted Gerike.