Manic Baby presents Consignment

Teresa D. Lee of Rogue Cinema reviews Justin Hannah's "Consignment"
Posted May 6, 2014

Teresa D. Lee of Rogue Cinema wrote this excellent review of "Consignment" for their May 2014 issue. Founded in 2004, Rogue Cinema is a monthly webzine featuring covering independent and genre cinema with reviews, interviews, articles and more.

"A film with the style of an early David Lynch film, produced to a comparable level of quality." - Teresa D. Lee, Rogue Cinema. Pictured: Margaret Wuertz

Film reviews: "Consignment"
By Teresa D. Lee

As brief and transient as life is, the pursuit of love can sometimes become a maddening descent into selfish coveting. Desperate singles are sometimes tempted by the fear of loneliness into venomously competitive feelings of possession of significant others. Is there anything more horrific and endangering than selecting a person as a goal to end such soul-consuming longing? Such longing can only distract an individual from developing a self-assured identity while searching for meaning in life, and any victory hinges upon the appraising judgment of the prized other.

This sort of poisonous temptation and damaging self-delusion is veiled by a romantic noir in the independent short film Consignment, directed by Justin Hannah and produced with him by Abbra Smallwood as Manic Baby Studio. A 1950s period noir with surreal undertones and a cerebral style of storytelling, the film tells the story of a young woman desperate to restore an important romantic relationship she lost via the aid of a mysterious box from a consignment shop. However, the box may not be the ideal answer; it even may corrupt those who possess it... continue reading >>

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"Consignment" is a stylish period drama written and directed by Justin Hannah, starring Abbra Smallwood, Margaret Wuertz, Jake Gilliam and Jessica McGill, with cinematography by Lee Clements and music by Robert Casal.

Described in reviews as "an alluring, multi-layered film experience" and "a beautifully realized, thought provoking short film," the movie has drawn comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. "Consignment" won awards for Best Cinematography at the 2015 Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival, Best Kentucky Short at the 2014 Autumn Shorts Film Festival, Best Short Film at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo, and Most Original Film at the 2013 Floyd Film Festival.

Justin Hannah's "Consignment" is now available for instant streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo On Demand, and IndieFlix.


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