Dan Marcus

Streamline Short Film

Why Watch? This short film from Dan Marcus deals with memory, but it feels more like a dream. In Streamline, a man in a suit is being chased through a traumatic series of events in his past while attempting to come to terms with a horrible father and a mysterious woman who has access to his mind. This isn’t the first time Marcus has looked at both 1) strained father/son relationships that cropped up because of 2) the mother dying. We featured his short film Wake a few years back, which boasted stirring camera work that highlighted the strength of that theme, and Streamline is no different. Fortunately it comes with a tilted take on a standardized sci-fi setup — not that it’s a mindblowing twist or anything, it’s really just a deft move of shifting expectations at the right moment. Unfortunately, the film is mellowed by amateurish, hollow acting that takes some of the hyper-real blocking and makes it feel stagey. Cheryl Graeff does well as a stalwart guide through the mind, but the main hero feels a bit comatose. Otherwise, the key components to an engaging, emotional sci-fi film are all here.


Why Watch? It’s all about camera work, parallel visions, and grief in this humbling drama short by Dan Marcus. A young man faces emotional chaos after his mother’s death, and a father tries sorely to reconnect with his son. The performances from Greg Schweiner and Joshua Brail as father and son are awkward perfection. They’re in the same room, but on completely different planets. It’s enough to make the air turn blue, but the real triumph here is with every framed image that belies a strong sense of storytelling through what we can see (and what we can’t see) on the screen. What does it cost? Just 11 minutes of your time. Check out Wake for yourself:

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