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Copyright © 2014 Derek Frey

Motel Providence

A cheating counselor working out of a sleazy motel room tests the boundaries of his own advice after a client's startling revelation.

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Director's Commentary:

Motel Providence marks my fifth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedy troupe, The Minor Prophets. Over the past seven years we've explored themes ranging from father and son strife, workplace outsourcing, cross labor line friendships and faux Americana patriotism. All of these subjects present a unique comedic spectrum of middle class life in the United States.

The Minor Prophets and I agreed to shoot our latest new short film over the Easter holiday weekend in 2014. My visits to the Philadelphia suburbs, where I grew up, are usually limited to holidays, so we've learned to maximize the limited time we have to collaborate. When they sent me the script for Motel Providence I found it a welcome change up on the heels of our award winning short, Sky Blue Collar.

Sky Blue Collar was slight on dialogue, big on visual gags and accompanied by a pulse pounding soundtrack. Motel Providence is quite the opposite - with plenty of dialogue to chew on, which necessitated a straightforward approach to capturing it. This was a new kind of challenge for me because of the subtle balance of the comedy. I was most excited about The Minor Prophets having the opportunity to really unleash their acting chops. The Minor Prophet filmography is full of colorful characters under the guise of makeup, wigs and wardrobe. In Motel Providence we shed all of that but maintain the obscure social commentary one would expect from a Minor Prophets/Derek Frey production.

The subject of adultery combined with solid performances, clean cinematography and slick editing places Motel Providence firmly in the "dramedy" realm. It's a place The Minor Prophets and I spend most of our time and I hope you enjoy.

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Copyright © 2014 Derek Frey

Awards and nominations

Best Director - International Short Film - Comedy
International Film Festival for Documentary, Short, and Comedy | 2014
26 Nov – 27 Nov | Indonesia
Best Film
International Film Festival for Documentary, Short, and Comedy | 2014
26 Nov – 27 Nov | Indonesia
Best Editing - International Short Film
International Film Festival for Documentary, Short, and Comedy | 2014
26 Nov – 27 Nov | Indonesia
Platinum Award - Director
27 Nov – 5 Dec | Indonesia
Platinum Award - Director, International Short Film
26 Mar – 2 Apr | Indonesia
Gold Award - Screenplay
26 Mar – 2 Apr | Indonesia
Golden Palm Award
2 May | Mexico
Aloha Accolade Award
5 May | United States
Best Comedy
29 May – 30 May | United States

Previous screenings

2014
International Film Festival for Documentary, Short, and Comedy | 2014
26 Nov – 27 Nov | Jakarta, Indonesia
Best Film
Best Editing - International Short Film
Best Director - International Short Film - Comedy
27 Nov – 5 Dec | Jakarta, Indonesia
Platinum Award - Director
2015
8 Jan – 11 Jan | Albuquerque, United States
11 Feb – 25 Feb | Hollywood, United States
25 Feb – 26 Feb | Broadstairs, United Kingdom
19 Mar – 22 Mar | Atlantic City, United States
26 Mar – 2 Apr | Jakarta, Indonesia
Platinum Award - Director, International Short Film
Gold Award - Screenplay
10 Apr – 19 Apr | Muskogee, United States
24 Apr – 26 Apr | West Chester, United States
30 Apr – 3 May | St Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, United States
Mexico International Film Festival | 2015
2 May | Baja, Mexico
Golden Palm Award
Honolulu Film Awards | 2015
5 May | Honolulu, United States
Aloha Accolade Award
Media Film Festival | 2015
29 May – 30 May | Media, United States
Best Comedy
24 Jul – 26 Jul | Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

Latest press reviews/articles

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“... Motel Providence,’ a comedy directed by area native Derek Frey, makes good use of one of Media’s most iconic signs. It is part of tonight’s lineup of the eighth annual Media Film Festival. The film is one of 14 that will be shown at the Media Theatre ...”
28 May 2015 | The Delaware County Daily Times
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 6 Nov 2014