a Short Story about Kore

Synopsis

A female alcoholic at rock bottom, faces life-or-death questions, “Do you want to be okay? Do you want to live?” Though Kore’s reality is bleak, the film centers around her tender and vulnerable conversation with Rhea, an older alcoholic woman in recovery.

Review

4/5
A drama that explores alcoholism, addiction and mental health.
Directed by Michael P. Fogerty, from a screenplay by Fogerty & Leslie Daniels, ‘a Short Story about Kore’ is a short drama film that explores one woman’s battle with alcoholism. Z. DeWald stars as Kore – a depressed heavy drinker at the pits of her life. Diana Stoneberg co-stars as Rhea – a recovering alcoholic who attempts to guide Kore into a state of convalescence. The film powerfully showcases themes of addiction, mental health, female empowerment and friendship.

The 17-minute film opens, unconventionally, with the cast/crew credits. A slow-motion Kore, in physical agony from an oven burn, acts as a background to the titles – an impressive opening that is certain to hook the viewer. As Kore sleeps off another hangover she is visited by Rhea, a woman with 32-years of sobriety. Kore opens up to Rhea about her broken childhood and the instigation that sparked her addiction. Rhea speaks of her own battle, aiding a bond between them. Rhea, without coercion but with empathy and kindship, tries to encourage Kore to seek help through traditional AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings. Their conversation is intercut with scenes of her physical and mental struggles. The film showcases a metaphorical scene of Kore crawling in a woodland following a red thread. A poignant use of poetic story-telling to highlight the possibility of returning to normality, no matter how bad things might get.

a short story about kore
Michael P. Fogerty and Leslie Daniels should be commended for their outstanding creation. The short draws from Fogerty’s own personal struggles with addiction. High praise to Z. DeWald, her convincing performance as Kore will captivate and engage viewers from start to finish. Diana Stoneberg’s portrayal as Rhea is equally respectable. The film features improvised dialect throughout, in an effort to build report between the two principal characters. Cinematography (Darian Harmon) is of an exceptional standard – wrapped up with terrific editing, sound, music and lighting. This short is part of an episodic trilogy. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Michael P. Fogerty
Writer(s): Leslie Daniels, Michael P. Fogerty
Cast: Diana Stoneberg, Z DeWald
Producer(s): Carlos Berber
Director of Photography: Darian Harmon
Editor(s): Michael P. Fogerty
Animation:
Sound: Angel Salazar
Music: Serena Louise
Miscellaneous: Leslie Daniels

Specifications

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Drugs, Family, Female Empowerment, Friendship, Grief, Guilt, Health, Homeless, Hope, Illness, Loneliness, Loss, Mental Health, Mother and Daughter, Nature, Poverty, Psychology, Regret, Relationships, Society, Survival, Therapy
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Michael P. Fogerty
Writer(s): Leslie Daniels, Michael P. Fogerty
Cast: Diana Stoneberg, Z DeWald
Producer(s): Carlos Berber
Director of Photography: Darian Harmon
Editor(s): Michael P. Fogerty
Animation:
Sound: Angel Salazar
Music: Serena Louise
Miscellaneous: Leslie Daniels

Specifcations

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Drugs, Family, Female Empowerment, Friendship, Grief, Guilt, Health, Homeless, Hope, Illness, Loneliness, Loss, Mental Health, Mother and Daughter, Nature, Poverty, Psychology, Regret, Relationships, Society, Survival, Therapy
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021

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a Short Story about Kore

Synopsis

A female alcoholic at rock bottom, faces life-or-death questions, “Do you want to be okay? Do you want to live?” Though Kore’s reality is bleak, the film centers around her tender and vulnerable conversation with Rhea, an older alcoholic woman in recovery.

Review

A drama that explores alcoholism, addiction and mental health.

4/5
Directed by Michael P. Fogerty, from a screenplay by Fogerty & Leslie Daniels, ‘a Short Story about Kore’ is a short drama film that explores one woman’s battle with alcoholism. Z. DeWald stars as Kore – a depressed heavy drinker at the pits of her life. Diana Stoneberg co-stars as Rhea – a recovering alcoholic who attempts to guide Kore into a state of convalescence. The film powerfully showcases themes of addiction, mental health, female empowerment and friendship.

The 17-minute film opens, unconventionally, with the cast/crew credits. A slow-motion Kore, in physical agony from an oven burn, acts as a background to the titles – an impressive opening that is certain to hook the viewer. As Kore sleeps off another hangover she is visited by Rhea, a woman with 32-years of sobriety. Kore opens up to Rhea about her broken childhood and the instigation that sparked her addiction. Rhea speaks of her own battle, aiding a bond between them. Rhea, without coercion but with empathy and kindship, tries to encourage Kore to seek help through traditional AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings. Their conversation is intercut with scenes of her physical and mental struggles. The film showcases a metaphorical scene of Kore crawling in a woodland following a red thread. A poignant use of poetic story-telling to highlight the possibility of returning to normality, no matter how bad things might get.

a short story about kore
Michael P. Fogerty and Leslie Daniels should be commended for their outstanding creation. The short draws from Fogerty’s own personal struggles with addiction. High praise to Z. DeWald, her convincing performance as Kore will captivate and engage viewers from start to finish. Diana Stoneberg’s portrayal as Rhea is equally respectable. The film features improvised dialect throughout, in an effort to build report between the two principal characters. Cinematography (Darian Harmon) is of an exceptional standard – wrapped up with terrific editing, sound, music and lighting. This short is part of an episodic trilogy. Highly recommended.

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