I originally came across Val Keller’s After Thought a few months ago and was captivated by how deceptively simple it appeared on the surface. The film stars David Dastmalchian (Prisoners, The Dark Knight) as a man who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances after receiving a bill for his own funeral. Having now revisited the surreal science fiction short again, the various ideas which Keller has brewing within the film are no less easier to decipher. Fortunately, the film succeeds thanks in part to Dastmalchain’s subtle performance and Keller’s head twisting plot.
Director: Val Keller / USA/ 2013/ 9 minutes
Starring: David Dastmalchian, Sam Buchanan, and Connie Ventress