10 minutes - 16mm color - 2003
Directed by Tom Putnam
Official selection - over 200 film festivals
Academy Award Qualifying for "Best Live-Action Short Film"
Slamdance International Film Festival - Winner, Spirit of Slamdance Award
Aspen Shortsfest - Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Comedy
"One of the most well-showcased movies to ever hit the festival circuit."
"The genesis of 'Tom Hits His Head' mirrors the subject
of the film: writer/director Tom Putnam hit his head, which
catapulted him down a road of anxiety and fear over the
following months. While this may sound like a documentary
subject, Putnam has taken this inspiration and crafted a
very funny stream-of-paranoia tale. Sound off kilter? It is."
"The narration and images complement each other to
hysterical effect. Filmmaker Tom Putnam is as sharp
as he is clever -- and funnier than a barrel of anxiety-ridden
middle-class men inventing insane fantasies to cope with
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
"At once hilarious and terrifying.Must be seen to be believed."
"Tom Hits His Head looks a great deal like a Harmony
Korine film while feeling a great deal like an Upright
Citizens Brigade sketch. The frenetic surrealism of the
bit (a visit by a baby doll Satan while Tom's on the toilet
is a classic) serves ultimately as a spot-on satire of the a
spirations that haunt the quiet hours."
FILM FREAK CENTRAL
"It is, in its own way, perfect. You probably won't see a
better depiction of mental illness on the screen, and you
definitely won't find one so charming."
FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE MAGAZINE