David Baram’s Ball & Vase enters the Live Action Short Film race as it solidifies some screenings in early November in New York and Los Angeles. The short film stars Austin Pendleton as an aging magician longing for connection before his time is up. Awards Daily has an exclusive clip of the Baram’s film below the featured press release.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Legendary performer Austin Pendleton stars in Ball and Vase, the “heartfelt, touching and deeply moving” (Scott Mantz, KTLA), critically acclaimed short film produced by 08008 Productions, that tackles aging, loss and abandonment through the story of “Ed,” an elderly magician who has been largely forgotten, who attempts to reconnect with the world through one last magic performance. The Oscar contender is eligible in the “Best Live Action Short” category and was awarded “Best of Fest” Grand Jury Award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival which included Austin winning “Best Actor” as well as receiving the “Director’s Choice Award” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
A prolific actor, playwright and director with over 400 TV and film credits, Pendleton is “absolutely wonderful” (Peter Rinaldi, Filmmaker Magazine) as the leading man in this film about human connection. It was recently announced he will direct award winning musician and actor Common in his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play “Between Riverside and Crazy.”
The short was written and directed by David Baram (“One All the Way,” “MINDFREAK”) and executive produced by BAFTA, Golden Globe and DGA nominated Julie Anne Robinson (“Bridgerton,” “Partner Track”). “I’m so proud to be part of this film, I was first very impressed by David’s superb, emotional script, then by Austin’s extraordinary performance,” said Robinson.
Baram was inspired by films like Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and Bertrand Tavernier’s “A Sunday in the Country”—seeing Ed’s world as it really is, without an overabundance of sentimentality or whimsy. “Ed’s performance of magic is not about fanciful illusion or romanticizing end of life,” stated director Baram. “It simply illustrates what is still possible for all of us, regardless of age. I hope that this film will remind us to re-engage with the Ed in all of our lives.”
BALL AND VASE – SCREENING & Q&A EVENTS (LA & NYC) – INVITE ONLY
- Nov 6th(Sun) 4pm– Magic Castle – Ball and Vase screening with Q&A with Director David Baram
- Nov. 15th(Tue) 7pm – NeueHouse – Ball and Vase screening with Q&A moderated by Scott Mantz (KTLA) with Director David Baram and Exec Producer Julie Anne Robinson
- Nov. 8th(Tue)– 6pm – SohoHouse – Ball and Vase screening with Q&A moderated by Gordon Cox (Variety) with Austin Pendleton, Director David Baram
The film is available on the Academy screening site as well as by request. Follow @ballandvasemovie for updates.
08008 PRODUCTIONS 08008 Productions develops and produces feature scripted and documentary projects for multiple platforms. The company was founded by veteran entertainment executive David Baram who is a proud native of northern New Jersey. 08008 Productions focus on character driven stories, often those who are underrepresented or left behind. It strives to bring a fresh perspective to each project by understanding the heartbreak, beauty, and hilarity that surrounds each of us.