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Games People Play

A married couple vows never to speak another cross word, but playing some is not off the table.

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Director's note:
I hadn’t written a comedy in awhile, and after a depressive winter where I saw some friends get in bad relationship scrapes involving psychological abuse, I thought it might be cathartic to do a darkly comic piece on the power of words.

The tip of the hat to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns came in as an afterthought. During script development, I had a dream about tall shadows being cast as David Razowsky (Peter) and I (Diana) walked toward the dining room where the Scrabble game was to be played. “Foreshadow”-ing, perhaps, that our characters’ unstable partnership was headed toward an ominous end. That dream drove me to a rewrite where I completely embraced the cunning and irony of Leone-esque characters, adding close-ups to create “gunslinger” tensions. The Ouija scene was completely revamped to bring an other-worldly terror and brutality to defenseless Randy.

The idea for tragically hip apparel for Peter, Diana and Randy was born after reading an article called “How to Live without Irony” online from The NY Times (Christy Wampole, 11.17.2012). I realized that it related to what was bothering me about the problems some of my friends were having. They could not communicate directly or succinctly with their intimates. In the short-term, they were unhappy and snarky behind their partner’s back; in the long term, they were becoming trapped in psychologically abusive partnerships.

A ‘hipster’ overdresses, layering on items from past decades, creating an anti-style. S/he communicates by “caption contest”, typing zingers under ‘friends’ photos on social media. News items once ignored as distasteful or absurd are shared, so that we can all “make fun”; sadly then, giving a sort of credence or voice to “the crazy”.

So, this is my film that makes a plea for the return to sincerity…using irony. Forgive me if I sincerely think it’s the only way to get your attention.
marriage game quarrel couple

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Copyright © 2014 Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.

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Previous screenings

2014
21 Aug – 24 Aug | Waterville, Ireland
Multifest | 2014
1 Oct – 4 Oct | Jalisco, Mexico
6 Nov – 9 Nov | Saginaw, United States
Braunschweig International Film Festival
11 Nov – 16 Nov | Braunschweig, Germany
Fenaco: International Short Film Festival
12 Nov – 15 Nov | Cusco, Peru
Siliguri International Film Festival | 2014
15 Nov – 17 Nov | Siliguri, India
27 Nov – 30 Nov | Vincennes, France
28 Nov – 30 Nov | Tanunda, Australia
The 24 Hours of Nuremberg
5 Dec – 6 Dec | Nurnberg, Germany
5th Overlook: Cinemavvenire Film Festival | 2014
12 Dec – 21 Dec | Rome, Italy
2015
Plumeria Short Film Festival | 2015
2 Feb – 4 Feb | Kannus, India
Independent Days: International Filmfestival
22 Apr – 26 Apr | Karlsruhe, Germany
30 Apr – 7 May | Tripoli, Lebanon
Azores Fringe Festival | 2015
1 Jun | Azores, Portugal
11 Jun – 30 Aug | Big Sur, United States
11 Jun | Twickenham, United Kingdom
19 Jul – 31 Jul | Kigali, Rwanda
Avanca Film Festival
22 Jul – 26 Jul | Avanca, Portugal
23 Jul – 27 Jul | Verona, Italy
17 Aug – 23 Aug | Bucharest, Romania
Stenik: Rassegna di Cortometraggi | 2015
24 Aug | Aprilia, Italy
2 Sep – 6 Sep | Ferizaj, Kosovo
4 Sep – 20 Sep | London, United Kingdom
Johnstown Film Festival | 2015
10 Sep – 12 Sep | Johnstown, United States
11 Sep – 13 Sep | Port Shepstone, South Africa
Post Mortem: International Horror and Bizarre Short Film Fest | 2015
1 Oct – 4 Oct | Mexico, Mexico
9 Oct – 11 Oct | Danville, United States
16 Oct – 18 Oct | Atlanta, United States
FeSanCor: Chilean International Short Film Festival
19 Oct – 26 Oct | Santiago, Chile
24 Oct – 31 Oct | Toscana, Italy
Festival Cinedemente | 2015
26 Oct – 30 Oct | Guanajuato, Mexico
Alter-Native International Short Film Festival
4 Nov – 8 Nov | Mures County, Romania
20 Nov – 23 Nov | Moab, United States
L'Aquila Film Festival | 2015
8 Dec – 18 Dec | L'Aquila, Italy
17 Dec – 23 Dec | Athens, Greece
2016
7 Jul | Folkestone, United Kingdom
18 Nov – 17 Dec | Granada, Spain

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