“Mediation” is a new short film by Writer/Director Francisco Lorite which will have its world premiere at the New Filmmakers LA event on January 11th at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles and also be screened on February 11th at the New Filmmakers event in New York City.
The film tells the story of a divorce mediation that spirals out of control for a husband (Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under), his soon-to-be ex-wife (Marley Shelton, Mad Men) and their court-appointed mediator(Marilyn Sanabria, Between). Lorite creates a short piece of work which is filled with tension, cliches, excellent acting, and a plot which twists right up to the end of the 14-minute film.
Drawn from real life and the fertile imagination of the Spaniard, the movie is introductory piece for the new production company, Top Rebel Productions, which is opening up shop in 2014. The company, led by Lorite, Rodriguez, and Producer, Bill Winett, looks to focus on developing a slate of film and TV projects---dark films, crime dramas and thrillers---which illustrate that excellent production can be accomplished with little budget. Mediation reflects what this focus looks like when it works.
If the work has any real weakness in the film, it is that the characters lack complexity. They are what they appear to be on the surface. It is only the excellent script and camera work, both guided by Lorite, which keeps this lack of complexity entertaining. Hopefully, moviegoers will be able in the near future to see Lorite's feature-length efforts as his production company gets on its feet in the coming new year.
If you have the chance to see Mediation either at one of the upcoming initial screenings or down the road at a film festival, it is worth the time investment.