Opening night at the Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival packed the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street in LA's gentrifying inner city. (Only my respect for the Fire Marshal keeps me from telling you how packed.) If you were there, you enjoyed the unique experience of watching films, sitting amongst the filmmakers and actors; and laughing with them, too. The first night’s quintet of funny films each took a different tack to elicit the laughs.
4 Pounds, by filmmaker Josh Levy, pokes fun at actors and self-involvement. He charts the disintegration of an actor who must lose four pounds in only four weeks! People in his life try to dissuade him from his ruinous path. The actor with the four pounds of flesh is Scott Thompson from Kids In The Hall. Scott also plays his character's mom.
Rex Lee, from HBO's Entourage, stars as Kim Jong Il in Nick Psinakis' The Adoption Agency. Here, the filmmaker takes us into a situation that could never happen to poke fun at the self-righteous. Finding no one worthy of succeeded him in North Korea, Kim wants to adopt an American baby to take over his empire, but first he must first charm the panel of interviewers at the adoption agency. This film had Kim Jong Charm. (I had to say that to avoid a North Korean hit squad).
DILF (Google it, but not at work) is a tale by Geoff Edwards about Logan Holtzblatt, a sensible woman with a flaky actor Father (Tim Daly from Private Practice). Here we have realistic situations with realistic people. The humor comes from human frailty. Daughter Logan has developed strong defenses against her father’s weirdness. They don’t crumble until he comes to town and starts sleeping with her roommate.