SKY BLUE COLLAR
Running Time: 8 minutes
TAGLINE: Mutiny on a Forklift
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what's more important: how we make a living, or who we're living for.
Starring Matt Amadio, Tim Flanagan, Steve Kuzmick and Gil Damon
Directed & Produced by Derek Frey
Written by The Minor Prophets
Cinematography by Derek Frey
Edited by Derek Frey
Featuring the song "Little People" by The Fleeting Ends
Best Director of a Short Film - Chicago Comedy Film Festival
Best Comedy - Red Dirt Film Festival
Best Picture - International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical
Best Director -International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical
Best Cinematography- International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical
Best Short Narrative Film - Moondance International Film Festival
Quarter Finalist - 2013 NexTV Web Series & Indie Film Competition.
2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival
2013 Vancouver International Film Festival
2013 Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film & Webisode Festival
2013 Santa Monica Independent Film Festival
2013 Rumschpringe International Film Festival
2013 Red Dirt International Film Festival
2014 Mockfest Film Festival
2014 Dam Short Film Festival
2013 Best Shorts Film Competition
2013 Atlanta Shortfest
2013 International Film Festival for Comedy, Romance and Musical
2013 International Freethought Film Festival
2014 Lucerne International Film Festival
2014 New Hope Film Festival
SKY BLUE COLLAR marks my fourth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedic troupe, THE MINOR PROPHETS. It's been a creatively inspiring and rewarding relationship these last 7 years. Our previous endeavor, THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP, proved a huge success, appearing in over 30 film festivals around the world and winning over a dozen awards. We've been hard at work this past year creating a feature film screenplay based on that short. I had the itch to get back behind the camera and felt a break from writing would be a healthy exercise for The Minor Prophets. I asked if they had any ideas that could be shot quickly in a contained environment. They dusted off the screenplay for Sky Blue Collar which they wrote a few years ago, but never got around to filming. My goal was to create a lean short under 10 minutes considering the 30 minute running time of The Ballad of Sandeep proved too long for some short film festivals. Once we compared schedules there was really only one date that worked for us to shoot and it fell just after Christmas which proved challenging considering commitments around the holidays. We pushed forward with the plan. In the days leading up the shoot the forecast called for a rare December snowfall, which I secretly hoped for but doubted would materialize. As I loaded up my vehicle the morning of the shoot snow began fall lightly. By the time we were rolling camera at Ascot Carpets in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania the snow began to pickup considerably. Knowing it wouldn't last long we quickly reordered our shooting day and grabbed the shots needed to capitalize on the scenic conditions. We filmed at that perfect time in a storm - when the snow on the ground is untouched and the flakes grow large before tapering off. Driving a forklift on suburban streets was always going to be a challenge but driving a forklift on a slick snow covered road was a whole other level of insanity. The result is blissful. It was a challenging and physically demanding marathon shoot but everything came together without a hitch. Sky Blue Collar continues the twisted social commentary with a beating heart that one would expect from The Minor Prophets/Derek Frey production.
From VANCOUVER WEEKLY - Two Handers, for the most part – Vancouver International Film Festival
My two absolute favourite shorts of the night just happened to be the two shortest films in the package: Sky Blue Collar (dir. Derek Frey, 8 mins) and In Passing (dir. Alan Miller, 5 mins). Sky Blue Collar is a modern day twist of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet, only here, it is the tale of a businessman and carpet warehouseman who must sneak away from their class-conscious bosses to share a joyous ride on a forklift. By use of subtle dialogue and delightful acting, viewers are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the details of the relationship. Both Sky Blue Collar and In Passing engage their viewers in serious topics, but they do so in silly, unique and uplifting ways. Both shorts work so well, they stand alone. They both tell complete, interesting, and engaging stories, and do so in less than ten minutes.Some stories are just meant to be short.
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