In Franz Kafka’s famous short story, The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to discover he has turned into a dung beetle. Similarly, in Bodybagman: The Movie [Your Type Productions] a short film selected for the prestigious 2007 SoCal Independent Film Fest, a person, unknown even to himself, wakes up dead and in a bodybag.
Unlike most movies featuring the dead and un-dead, Bodybagman isn’t a gruesome horror flick, and the only screaming done is from a mother and kid who enter their home to find him standing in their living room. Astoundingly, Bodybagman covers a range of emotions in its short 8-minute life, as the audience feels a little sad for his miserable plight, but can’t help laughing out loud at the slapstick comedy of falling over a fence, walking down the road in depression, getting into an altercation with a trash man, or… get this… in a Battle Rap with the neighborhood MC.
As a silent movie, the audience fills the sound in with the music and dialogue of their own minds, and this really works—perhaps even better than some audio track ever could. Title cards appear randomly throughout the film, most saying the same thing: “What the @#$%?!” The movie is written, directed and stars (who else?) Bodybagman, who is breaking into both the hip-hop and film scenes in a big, if not alive, way. Cinematography, co-direction and editing credits go to Ian Everett.
You can see Bodybagman: The Movie in its entirety here
The SoCal Independent Film Festival, in Huntington Beach, CA, says they focus on “truly independent films and genuinely trying to further the art of filmmaking for filmmakers, industry pros, and most importantly ... film watchers.” The five day festival features official selections and award winning movies; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees.