Short films matter. Vimeo wants you to know it. So do we. That’s why every week we’ll take a look at some of the short film world’s best and brightest. This week, we bring you Rosa Salazar’s meandering comedy Good Crazy.
The Plot: There’s good crazy and there’s bad crazy. One trying day in L.A. will test Rosa’s cozy existence in the middle.
Crazy is a word that’s used with staggering regularity these days. Sometimes it’s merited – see current POTUS, U.S. Government, et al. More often than not, we’re just talking about someone we see on the street doing something less than typical. Rosa Salazar’s Good Crazy examines a ‘day in the life’ of just such a person. Her name is Rosa. And yes, she’s a little bit crazy.
Not like psychotic or anything, just … passionate. And passions often lead to less than typical behavior. Rosa’s passions are at the heart of her arduous day. As she bickers with her milk-toast boyfriend (Matt Chute), bails on their bourgie brunch date and takes action at the scene of an accident, her would-be “crazy” behavior is driven by her ambition to be her best self. Throughout the film, you get the feeling that she’s figuring out on the fly what her best self is. And Salazar captures that struggle with an impassioned performance that plumes the depth of Rosa’s intellect and the constant internal conflict it causes. Salazar’s whip-smart screenplay pits that intellect against an ever expanding set of external complications.
Sometimes Salazar plays that combo for laughs. Sometimes for drama. More often than not, it’s all happening in the same moment. Good Crazy is a film that’s all about being in a moment. Salazar navigates each passing conflict and tonal shift with cunning dexterity. Her film is funny and sweet and heartbreaking. It never feels dishonest, even in its flights of fancy. And in the end, it dares you to reconsider what crazy means to you.
Also, keep your eyes and ears out for Salazar’s wicked smart homage to Stand By Me (1986). No, it isn’t crazy that I spotted it.
Meet The Crew:
Written & Directed by: Rosa Salazar Starring: Rosa Salazar, Matt Chute & Jacob Wysocki Cinematography by: Adrian Peng Correia Music by: Kevin Blumenfield Edited by: Nate Gross
I hope you enjoy Good Crazy! Salazar’s film made a splash at Sundance this year, scoring a Grand Jury Prize nomination. If the gifted young filmmaker continues to make those kind of waves she’s likely to be booking more work behind the camera in the future. Let’s hope that doesn’t cut into her work as an actor, ’cause Salazar continues to be a creative and energetic on screen presence. If you want a little more proof of that, check her out in John Lopez’s short film Plan B. While you’re kicking about, check out some of the thousands of other short films – animated, live action and documentary – the Vimeo team have made available for your viewing pleasure (via desktop or mobile device – SWEET!). You’re sure to find something interesting. And you may just stumble across the next great filmmaker.