In 2012 producers Ant Timpson and Tim League released their anthology film ABCs of Death. It featured twenty six shorts showcasing work by twenty six different directors from around the globe including Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Xavier Gens (The Divide), Ti West (House of the Devil) and Ben Wheatley (Kill List). The film was given its premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it was announced that a sequel was already in the works.
It has since been confirmed that ABCs of Death 2 will feature the work of Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), Aharon Keshales (Big Bad Wolves) and Jen & Silvia Soska (American Mary). This said, twenty five directors have been confirmed and, just like last year, the producers are looking for someone to join the project in their 26th Director competition. Lee Hardcastle won the competition last year with his entry T is for Toilet and the search has already began over on the official ABCs of Death website to find this year’s winner.
Director Todd E Freeman’s M is for Marriage serves not only as an entry into the ABCS of Death 2‘s 26th Director competition but it also acts as a teaser for his upcoming feature film Love Sick. In the short an experienced therapist by the name of Doctor Christian is working with a couple who are seeking help to either resolve their conflict or help them gain closure. Focusing on a session of Bio-Medical Psychotherapy, the wife is encouraged to embrace her anger and hate towards her husband’s recent infidelity but things don’t go quite to plan.
A three minute tour-de-force, M for Marriage is incredible with a solid performance from Natalie Victoria who perfectly delivers the emotions needed to ground the credibility of the short. Combined with the quality of Freeman’s direction and Philip A. Anderson‘s stunning cinematography, what we have here is a quality crafted short that is both intense and fascinating. Watching the film not only made us want to see more from Todd E Freeman but it also gains our vote in the 26th Director competition.
If you would like to show your support for Todd Freeman and the team behind M is for Marriage you can visit the official website and cast your vote before the competition closes on 14th November.