How much do personal and political differences play into finding the right partner? Do you have to be in 100% agreement? Just where is that line? These differences are explored in co-writer-director Brian James Crewe’s short film, Flat Earther.
Martin (Joe Holt) and Cassandra (Amy Sloan) meet outside a local pub for what hopes to be a promising second date. After some idle chit-chat, the pair connected on the adverse effects of technology and social media and the musings of philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Then, in a blink, the conversation shifts toward the discussion of “global idiots,” starting with Flat Earthers. The two then talk about JFK and the moon landing. Soon this line of conversation evolves to maybe something that isn’t a conspiracy to one of them.
“…the conversation shifts toward the discussion of…Flat Earthers. The two then talk about JFK and the moon landing.”
Flat Earther shines on so many levels, no matter where you stand on certain controversies. Crewe tells his story in a single, roughly nine-minute take. Lead actors Holt and Sloan give impressive performances that feel natural and authentic, particularly as a dramatic piece. The screenplay by Crewe, Holt, Sloan, and Matt Keil immediately gets us to like and root for our couple… will they/won’t they. There’s also a nice juicy ending that is not worth spoiling.
As a short film, Flat Earther is executed brilliantly on all accounts. Its engaging, intriguing love story (of sorts) will reel viewers in.
For more information about Flat Earther, visit the Film Crewe website.
"…Holt and Sloan give impressive performances that feel natural and authentic..."