AIFF Review: Made Public
It is tricky to preview the 10-minute film Made Public without trip-wiring any spoiler. The storyline begins with a groom standing alone at the alter. A smattering of friends and family fill in the pews, and the minister sets the shot clock ticks by entering the screen to inform the agitated groom, “we have a funeral at noon.”
To tell the reason why the bride hasn’t shown is to spoil some of the film and the fun. The story itself does a good job hiding the reason, and pacing out the big reveal.
But proving that the film is more than a simple hide-the-ball trick, Made Public is equally funny, smart and poignant in its second half after that reason is revealed. In fact, the film becomes somewhat smarter and sassier once the truth is out, offering with quick jabbing commentaries at free will and individual integrity in an age of crowd-sourcing.
The movie is directed by Foster Wilson, and was written by her husband Brian Leahy—and showcases both of their talents: well-paced scenes that set up complex jokes, and strong comedic writing with a voice sashaying comfortably from glib to sincere.