Snap

Snap Short Film

We’re teaming with The Current to deliver 10 short films from 10 different directors, focused on social trends explored through cinema. The final short film, Snap!, features a young woman admitting to her boyfriend that she cheated on him before he can find out through the online grapevine. Naturally, there’s a video. It becomes a living, shared relic of the ruination of their relationship, and the short film shrewdly toys with the question of whether he’ll watch it and how much more damage can be done. “I’m from a small town in Western Zealand, where I attended a hippie school with only 60 pupils far out on the countryside,” says director Kristian Foldager.  “It was a good playground for my creativity – a safe haven from the rest of society that I still feel rather detached to. Today my playground is an office I share with four fellow filmmakers in Central Copenhagen. I’ve been self-employed for eight years – doing shorts, docs, music videos and commercials. “As a child I observed people and situations around me, but was scared of interaction. Today I’m not afraid of interacting, but often struggle with the fascination part. I probably was a better filmmaker as a child. “I wrote this little story around Snapchat, since everyone seems eager to share embarrassing videos with this app.  Four days later the Snapchat leak happened, exposing erotic content with young kids. “The film deals with loss of innocence and the danger of exposed secrets. No one in the film is bad or […]

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Have you seen that Key and Peele sketch where the one guy is helping the other guy move and hasn’t heard of dubstep? You should, it’s hilarious. It also represents pretty much the entirety of my knowledge of dubstep. So a film with a synopsis that includes the words “underground dubstep” isn’t exactly up my alley. And yet, Snap was one of the most interesting films to play SXSW this year. Part of the film’s success lay in its structure as a good old fashioned character study. The character in question is Jim Whitman (Jake Hoffman), a quiet, socially inept guy whose only outlet is creating his own dubstep mixes in his apartment. His one friend, Jake (Thomas Dekker), is constantly pushing him to get out and do more, to interact with people, to date someone. Sometimes Jake comes off as empathetic but more often than not he badgers, insults and annoys Jim until his anger gets the best of him. When Jim finally starts dating a girl (played by the beautiful Nikki Reed) from the battered women shelter where he repairs computers, things start to look up. But when the relationship starts to fizzle, Jim takes a dark turn towards a destructive conclusion.

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Why Watch? A short that cuts to the chase. Some keen camera work is on display here – showing how a flurry of images can induce a heavy heart rate and some sweating. It’s art with a sweatband on. What does it cost? Just 4 minutes of your time. Check out Snap for yourself:

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published: 12.19.2014
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published: 12.18.2014
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published: 12.17.2014
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