Validation – We All Need It Sometimes
I am often amazed by the richness of creativity that is available on the internet. Yes, there is an abundance of utter garbage out there too. Sometimes you do need to spend a little time sifting through the piles of junk, but with patience and perseverance, you often get rewarded by pieces of pure pleasure. Gems in amongst the rubble.
“Validation” is one such gem. And it sparkles in its’ own very special way.
Billed as a ‘fable about the magic of free parking’, it is a multi-award winning short film which proves the point about perseverance and believing in something and in yourself.
It was released to YouTube way back in October 2008 and has since achieved a little over 3,500,000 views. Starring TJ Thyne and Vicki Davis, and written, directed and composed by Kurt Kuenne, its’ 15+ minute running time is probably the chief reason that it hasn’t made double the number of views that it deserves.
Don’t be lame enough to discount the film based on its’ time – the internet can be used for much more than instant gratification. And YouTube can provide more value than that given by the 20-second face plant clips.
I assure you, the time it takes to load and watch “Validation” is absolutely worth it. If you don’t come away smiling, I’ll eat my next parking ticket. In fact, if you don’t sit through most of it with a smile on your face, your heart is probably entirely disconnected from your soul.
Do the “play and pause” thing, go get breakfast or lunch or a coffee while it loads, and then come back and watch it play. You will not be disappointed that you did.
Let me know if you are, and I’ll get my parking ticket ready for consumption.
Some of the many awards that “Validation” has received:
- Winner – Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int’l Film Festival
- Winner – Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival
- Winner – Audience Award, Hawaii Int’l Film Festival
- Winner – Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film
- Winner – Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival
- Winner – Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival
- Winner – Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival
- Winner – Best Short Film, Sedona Int’l Film Festival