It begins with a frantic 9-1-1 call. Moments later, a gunshot. That’s the way to grab a viewer’s attention. And writer/director Chris Carden holds that attention and makes the most of it with “Redemption.”
It’s easy to see what the Johnstown Film Festival judges liked about this short, which took first place last weekend during this year’s event. Carden and his acting team deliver both plot twists and emotional punches in a minimal amount of time. The cast includes a strong performance from Windber native Michael A. Newcomer.
Though less than 10 minutes in length, “Redemption” feels long — not because it’s uninteresting, but because the viewer is left wondering what Pete will ultimately do with that gun in his mouth as the seconds drip by like reluctant beads of water from a leaky faucet. Kudos to Carden for cranking up the intensity with this film.
9 minutes and 38 seconds
Directed by Chris Carden