Directed by Alex Ferrari
A teenager Zoe walks into carnival tent with infamous bad guy called Rimo. Zoe doesn't quite understand what he has in his mind. Before it's too late, a mysterious knife show star Princess comes in between and interrupts the Rimo's intentions.
Florida, USA -based filmmaker Alex Ferrari showed his talents with short films like Broken (2006) and Cyn (2007). Ferrari was also a producer of Red Princess Blues: Animated (2008) - an animated short film, that the director's production company Numb Robot should someday make as a live action feature film. Red Princess Blues isn't yet a feature film, but if there is justice in world of cinema, it will soon be.
Red Princess Blues is an 11-minute short film, that feels like an introduction to a greater story. And in fact, it's just like that. Ferrari and his cast & crew produced a short film based on screenplay, which has been written for the feature film. Red Princess Blues has all the marks, that should pave a way for Numb Robots to bigger budgets. It looks great, it has a great cast and it's powerful piece of the action.
The cast includes Richard Tyson as Rimo and Robert Forster as narrator, but the most memorable moments are provided by two lead actresses Rachel Grant (Princess) and Tabitha Morella (Zoe). Grant's powerful performance has all the energy and adrenaline needed for the role of angry Princess. Even though Morella may giggle even too much, she really knows how to portray an unsuspecting teenager. You begin to feel really sorry for her, when slimy Rimo gets near.
Then there's Ferrari's tight direction, which doesn't leave much to be desired. If any. Everything is in it's place: the tension grows from the beginning, until the hell breaks loose. No dead moments here, period. It's incredible that the whole short has been shot in two days for under 10 000 dollars, since it also looks visually amusing. Eleven minutes feels so short, that I am already longing for more of Red Princess Blues.
Red Princess Blues is probably first indie short film that is self-distributed and can be bought through an iPhone App.