Whole ‘Nother Level

Synopsis

Randy Larson is a 20-year-old man with cerebral palsy, who wants to pass the final dexterity test given to him by an occupational therapist. If he passes the test, he will qualify for job training and independent housing assistance. If not, his parents will be forced to put him in an institution.

Review

3/5
A touching drama about the hopes of cerebral palsy sufferer.
Written and directed by Bruce B. Gordon, ‘Whole ‘Nother Level’ is a dramatic short film that stars Brett Emanuel as Randy – a cerebral palsy sufferer who attempts to fights against the odds to break through physical inability and to live an independent life. Achara Kirk stars as Maureen – Randy’s occupational therapist. Despite Randy’s infatuation towards Maureen, she is mandated by law to do what’s best for him – moving to a full-time care facility. Alain Azoulay and Whitney Hall complete the on-screen cast as Randy’s ill-stricken parents. ‘Whole ‘Nother Level’ explores themes of hope, family and love. The short is a heartfelt soapy drama that delivers captivating and engaging scenes from start-to-finish.

The 19-minute film opens with Randy introducing us to his world (narration) – albeit in sarcasm. The audience will quickly warm to Emanuel’s beautiful portrayal – sprinkled with comedy. Randy’s goal is to pass a final dexterity test that will enable him a live a normal life. His neurological condition limits his movement – or as Randy would say; “I’m just a lame ass cripple”. Bruce B. Gordon has delivered an important film that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the disability in action. The entire short is set within one-location – flawless characterisation and dialogue help to maintain audience engagement.

Whole Nother Level Short Film
Despite unnecessary incidental music throughout scenes, the title theme (produced and performed by Gordon) will catch your ear. Visually, cinematography is of an acceptable standard and aid the narrative. High praise to Brett Manuel for a stunning performance as Randy. The film concludes in high drama as the protagonist is forced to make progress. A highly recommended watch.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Writer(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Cast: Achara Kirk, Alain Azoulay, Brett Emanuel, Whitney Hall
Producer(s): Bruce B. Gordon, George Ohan
Director of Photography: Bruce B. Gordon, Tony Chiu
Editor(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Animation:
Sound: Adam Van Wielingen,Joey McNair,Milton Juarez,Quoizel Williams,Roman Allen
Music: Bruce B. Gordon,Chester McDermott,David Raiklen,Horatio Gordon,Jean Baptiste Bocle,Sterling Campbell
Miscellaneous:

Specifications

Genre: Drama, Romance
Subjects: Disability, Diversity, Father and Son, Health, Hope, Illness, Love, Relationships, Therapy
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2013
Publication Date:

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Writer(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Cast: Achara Kirk, Alain Azoulay, Brett Emanuel, Whitney Hall
Producer(s): Bruce B. Gordon, George Ohan
Director of Photography: Bruce B. Gordon, Tony Chiu
Editor(s): Bruce B. Gordon
Animation:
Sound: Adam Van Wielingen,Joey McNair,Milton Juarez,Quoizel Williams,Roman Allen
Music: Bruce B. Gordon,Chester McDermott,David Raiklen,Horatio Gordon,Jean Baptiste Bocle,Sterling Campbell
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Drama, Romance
Subjects: Disability, Diversity, Father and Son, Health, Hope, Illness, Love, Relationships, Therapy
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2013

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Whole ‘Nother Level

Synopsis

Randy Larson is a 20-year-old man with cerebral palsy, who wants to pass the final dexterity test given to him by an occupational therapist. If he passes the test, he will qualify for job training and independent housing assistance. If not, his parents will be forced to put him in an institution.

Review

A touching drama about the hopes of cerebral palsy sufferer.

3/5
Written and directed by Bruce B. Gordon, ‘Whole ‘Nother Level’ is a dramatic short film that stars Brett Emanuel as Randy – a cerebral palsy sufferer who attempts to fights against the odds to break through physical inability and to live an independent life. Achara Kirk stars as Maureen – Randy’s occupational therapist. Despite Randy’s infatuation towards Maureen, she is mandated by law to do what’s best for him – moving to a full-time care facility. Alain Azoulay and Whitney Hall complete the on-screen cast as Randy’s ill-stricken parents. ‘Whole ‘Nother Level’ explores themes of hope, family and love. The short is a heartfelt soapy drama that delivers captivating and engaging scenes from start-to-finish.

The 19-minute film opens with Randy introducing us to his world (narration) – albeit in sarcasm. The audience will quickly warm to Emanuel’s beautiful portrayal – sprinkled with comedy. Randy’s goal is to pass a final dexterity test that will enable him a live a normal life. His neurological condition limits his movement – or as Randy would say; “I’m just a lame ass cripple”. Bruce B. Gordon has delivered an important film that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the disability in action. The entire short is set within one-location – flawless characterisation and dialogue help to maintain audience engagement.

Whole Nother Level Short Film
Despite unnecessary incidental music throughout scenes, the title theme (produced and performed by Gordon) will catch your ear. Visually, cinematography is of an acceptable standard and aid the narrative. High praise to Brett Manuel for a stunning performance as Randy. The film concludes in high drama as the protagonist is forced to make progress. A highly recommended watch.

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