Estes Avenue (2005)
This three-minute film directed by Paul Cotter took one 10-hour day to shoot and cost a grand total of $122. This film is an example of what I think short film does best: makes a brief point in a unique way, employs some story-telling ideas that Hollywood feature films wouldn’t touch, and doesn’t linger in melodrama. Five brief stories, told in three minutes, centering around one place and one idea.
That idea is how people use the word and concept of “God” on one street, simultaneously. The film points to the rich aspects of life going on around us all the time that we aren’t even aware of. The slightly sarcastic, detached voiceover (reminiscient of The Perfect Human by Jorgen Leth) sets the scene on Sunday, or “God’s day, if you like.” The characters living on Estes Avenue use the word God to express anger at a surprise hairball underfoot, desperation at a wrecked car that will lead to debt, and even ecstacy during sexual acts. In its great simplicity, Estes Avenue shows us life with an utterly realist point of view.