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quietearth [Celluloid 03.10.08] review short drama

Year: 2007
Director: Keith Bearden
Writer: Joel Haskard & Keith Bearden
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Trailer: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 7 out of 10

Train Town is a 15 minute short which involves two of my favorite things. You can probably guess the first one, trains. The second is the battle between an old-school conservative and his hippie free loving friend ala the generational and political gap so loved by all between Archie and meathead in All In The Family. See, they own this model train store together and right at the beginning of the short, the conservative (Al) finds a little painted toy hippie with a bong sitting in the middle of the stores model train set. Unfortunately, it was pointed out by a little girl who thought it was a funny looking tuba.

So here's our story, one guy (Al) has a buzzcut, and the other guy (Jerry) needs a haircut. It turns out Jerry is also a school teacher, divorced, and has two daughters. His life seems to be in shambles and he's smoking a little chiba and doing some air guitar on the side. Al on the other hand gets pegged with conservative talk radio, jigsaws, and homosexual pornography. Yay!

After that first little painted bong-toker comes a "Keep off the grass" sign and it only escalates from there. The Hemp Hut, protests, and naked people are next. Then it goes to all out war, with military action, barb wire fencing, and slaughtered sheep. (?) This is a great little short and if you can see it at a festival near you I'd highly recommend it. To me it seemed like a little fairy tale on how the conservatives are getting pushed out, but I've got a sidearm here that says otherwise.

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