A couple experiences the side effects of drug abuse after they are given a drug for them to experiment with.
Jeremiah Kipp was completely unknown to me before last week, when he contacted us to review his short film "Contact". Of course we'd review his film, it is after all just 11 minutes long, so even if it's terrible it will be worth putting some time into. Jeremiah Kipp has worked on such films as "I Sell The Dead", "The Blood Shed" and "Automatons", to name a few to be found on his IMDb. I've heard of "I Sell The Dead", but Jeremiah Kipp was, as it says on that site, "Second Unit Director or Assistant Director", so the focus isn't really on him with that one.
"Contact" begins in a very odd fashion and your thoughts will right away go towards the hippie generation or some sort of sex cult. Taking place in what looks like an abandoned factory, it tells the story of a couple who are given a drug that they try out together in the nude. Sexual urges awakens and the couple start touching eachother softly. This is when the drug takes a turn for the worse and the female starts breathing heavily. Before she knows it, her mouth is stuck with his mouth and they stuggle to get torn apart. The film doesn't get more bizarre than that, but it still leaves you with a dark feeling and maybe even anxiety. It's easy to draw a conclusion that the film is about the bad side of drugs, which is always a fun way to experiment with film while having a message. But Jeremiah Kipp doesn't go overboard with the side effects, the hallucinations, but instead he gives us a glimpse before he takes us back to reality. It could've easily went straight into an alternate surrealistic world of drugs, but stays with both feet on the ground, which ultimately leaves us with a much more real depth and a film we can relate to.
I'm glad I watched "Contact" and I hope Jeremiah Kipp continues directing short or feature films kind of like this one. I think this is a film that could only have grown stronger with a longer runtime, unlike alot of short films I've watched who have been "good enough because they were short". It wasn't really given enough time to develope, that's probably my only bad comment on it. I wish Jeremiah all the luck in his career as a director and hope he will keep in... eh, contact, with us whenever he has something new out!