A young woman shares a connection with a car wash employee who rides along with her through an express car wash. Entranced by the bubbles and flashing lights, they begin to fall for each other, but as the wash ends, things take a dark turn.
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A short film Written, Produced & Directed by Camille Campbell
Starring Jennifer Allcott & Josh Helman
Produced by Jennifer Allcott & Kelly Bumford
Director of Photography Alex Parker
Music by Tyler Parkford
Costume Design by Katy Conroy
Edited by Christopher Guerrero
“It’s hard not to fall for “Washland Express”, a witty and clever genre mashup which combines rom-com elements with a dash of film noir. The pleasures of the film come fast, are easily appreciated, and at just a bit over 8min, this short film has the added satisfaction of being actually short!
Nearly the whole film takes place in a self-serve car wash, as a woman is approached by a man who wants to ride along. He says he needs to do quality assurance on the wash process, so she begrudgingly consents. However, his intimate and chatty behavior initially puts the audience on edge— “Ohhhh…” one thinks, “this is going to be one of those films…a treatise on toxic masculinity overstepping boundaries”. It’s not however, and the slow thawing of the woman’s demeanor and the genuine attraction that builds is the first hint of the machinations writer/director Camille Campbell has in store for us, via a script that ends up having more twists in its short runtime than M. Night Shyamalan can fit into 2 hours.
Just as we settle into a charming meet-cute scenario, abetted by the impressive chemistry of the film’s two leads: Jennifer Allcott (also a Producer on the film) and Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road), things shift course yet again, introducing black humor and a delightful screwball comedy tone to the proceedings. Spoiler alert! Turns out these are awful people! However their mutual awfulness just might make them perfect for each other. As Campbell explained to us in an interview we conducted for our second S/W:IRL event earlier this month, “if the story says anything about love, it’s that you need to find someone that enjoys what is wrong with you.” – Jason Sondhi, S/W Curator
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