Sunday ShortsI had a plan for this Sunday’s short film; something I had watched and enjoyed last weekend right after posting the latest entry to Sunday Shorts. That said, I feel inclined to temporarily abandon the other short in favor of this one, but not because I prefer it.

On the contrary — it doesn’t do anything for me at all; in fact, I think it’s sort of awful. A part of doing what we do here at FSR is reviewing feature films we’ve never seen before. It’s part and parcel to our job that we’ll run into films that leave a bad impression, and we report on this, to you. While I have the benefit of moving through a fair number of short films very quickly to find something I appreciate, I thought it would be interesting to turn my Sunday Shorts column on its ear today and present something that, for me at least, sort of misses the mark.

I have a particular taste with set parameters. For the most part, I’m feeding my own likes in Sunday Shorts; I’m sharing what engages me on a personal level. Today however, the question is — do you like the short I’m presenting? Does it do something for you that it doesn’t for me?

Daddy Why? is the story of a father and daughter, and the inevitable question children have about what happens when people they love die. I feel like the there was an attempt to disturb in answering this question that, in my estimation, misses the boat a little. There is a promising start, and the interaction between the two up until the telegraphed ending feels natural — but again, I was sort of left feeling empty and unfulfilled.

You be the judge; feel free to tell me what you think.

DADDY WHY? (2008)

Director: Dawn Boyd

Starring: Kevin Fraser, Emily Power, and Indiana the Bunny

Writer: Michael Aronson


I think it’ll be interesting to throw this type of Sunday Shorts entry up once in a blue moon, as a way to contribute films that I probably wouldn’t otherwise. That said, emphasis is on the rarity, and next week I’ll be back to tossing shorts at you that are up my alley.

Catch you folks next weekend, for another dose of short film fare.

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