Shorts Spotlight: everything & everything & everything

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After somehow managing to miss screenings of everything & everything & everything at both TIFF and Toronto After Dark last year, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get a chance catch up with Alberto Roldán’s short film. Thankfully I did and it was worth the wait. Roldán’s wonderfully absurd sci-fi film tells the tale of Morgan (played by Upstream Color actor/director Shane Carruth), a sad sack whose life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a mystical blue pyramid that produces doorknobs. Instead of questioning how such a device came to be? Morgan opts to exploit the pyramid’s gift by starting his own doorknob empire.

By playing with The Goose Who Laid the Golden Egg trope, Alberto Roldán crafts an astute social commentary on the nature of consumerism. The subtle, but witty, script perfectly captures the ways in which corporate greed can quickly erode even the most well-meaning business ventures. Morgan is so concerned with maximizing profit that he never truly grasps all the aspects – take dealing with staffing requests for example – that are needed to sustain a successful workplace. Nor does he take stock in the deteriorating resource that threatens to ruin his company. Using a truly innovated premise to hold a mirror up to the consumer culture we live in, everything & everything & everything is everything I hoped it would be and more.

everything & everything & everything
Director: Alberto Roldán / USA / 2014/ 15 Minutes
Starring: Shane Carruth, Makeda Declet, Ethan Leaverton and Maïté Alina