DIRTY MARTINI PRODUCTIONS & NIGHTFIRE FILMS present

 

in association with VALENCIA MOTION PICTURES




 

Jim arrives home from a tough day at work only to find a nightmare: trash spilling over, dishes in the sink, daughter Ash holed up in her room with the music blaring, and his bedroom left in shambles by wife Pam, whose messiness drives him nuts. Jim explodes, cleans house, lectures Pam... but fails to see the bigger picture.


"the MESS"

A short film

 

  starring

RUS BLACKWELL

 and

ELIZABETH FENDRICK

 

with

BRANDY MITCHELL

ALAN LILLY

TIM POWELL

 

written & directed by

ART D'ALESSANDRO

 

 produced by

DANIEL E. SPRINGEN

 

executive producer

RALPH CLEMENTE

 

co-producers

RICK WARREN

LISA MAILE

 

cinematographer

ELIE ALAKJI

 

editor

ROBERTO ROSALY

 

music by 

LEONARD INSALACA

MICHAEL PFLUG 


additional music

ADAM M. SMITH

 

production designer

HOLLEY MORGAN


post sound

TIMOTHY ALWARD


 

 

Watch "the MESS"  

trailer here: 

Trailer

 

 

 

 For a pdf copy of

THE MESS shooting script, click

Script 


 

 

NightFire Films Homepage

 

 

Sometimes you just gotta let it go... 


       THE MESS news...



           5/09 -- The following email from a WIREGRASS FILM FESTIVAL ATTENDEE: 

 "I saw your film Saturday night in 

Columbus, Ga.  We watched the film outdoors lying on a 

dewy blanket.  The inflatable  screen waved gently.  

THE MESS was hidden near the end of the  night. 

We were engaged from the beginning.  We related to the 

main  character.  Then the ending blew my companions away.  

We broke  etiquette and talked about it during (and over) the 

next film.  Now, days later, it's still sticking with me.  I just 

wanted to thank you  for your story.  Sincerely, Raven."

  




 4/09 -- THE MESS  has been chosen to receive the 2009      Hollywood East Film Festival Gold Coast Award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking at the April event in Connecticut.

            3/09 -- THE MESS is touring  the south as part of the Short Circuit             Traveling Film Festival.  Here's an interview with writer/director Art D'Alessandro in the Smoky Mountain News: SMNews article


1/09 -- Kudos to  The Mess star  Rus Blackwell for his work in the wonderful "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."  He plays "Robert Williams" and shares scenes with both Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt... at the same time!  


12.14.08 -- Our first review is in, and it's four stars!  Check out what Film Threat says about THE MESS here:  

http://www.filmthreat.com/2008/12/page/4/


 8.25.08 -- It's official, The Mess has been accepted by the prestigious Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, running from Oct. 17 - Nov. 9.   ( update 9/1/08 -- because  The Mess screened at another Florida Film festival prior to FLIFF, we are DQ'd from screening there.  We remain an official selection.)


 

8.25.08 -- The Mess will be off to Fredericksburg, Virginia and a screening at the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival which takes place from Sept. 17 - 21.



7.29.08 -- The Mess finds some love at the Charlotte Film Festival, taking place Sept. 25 - 28.   We'll screen twice on the 26th at separate venues.



7.5.08 -- The Mess lands a spot at Indie Fest USA which takes place at Downtown Disney in Anaheim from Aug. 8 - 15.  We're going to Disneyland!


6.25.08  --The Mess has been chosen one of 12 short films in the "Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival" which will tour some 36 venues throughout the Southeast from October '08 to June '09. 


5.9.08 -- The Mess played to a very receptive audience at the historic Crest Theatre as part of the Delray Beach Film Festival.   Co-producer Lisa Maile enjoyed meeting "Rocky Horror" Star  Barry Bostwick (above). 


4.13.08 -- Fresh out of post, The Mess screens before the largest crowd ever at the monthly Enzian Film Slam and takes home the top prize. 

MESS - takes...

Crew readies an exterior shot.


 

Pam & Jim share a quiet moment.


Elizabeth Fendrick, Art D'Alessandro & Rus Blackwell



Ash and Pam  strike a pose.


Jim just about to let go...