GPS, 10min., USA, Comedy/Drama
Directed by Nell Dashiell
Kim and Jamie – an upscale, young urban couple – have just arrived home after an evening out with friends when Kim hears a noise. Fearing that a burglar may be prowling around downstairs, Kim dispatches Jamie to investigate. As it happens, Kim is on the right track: Rob, an amateur cat burglar, is hiding in a coat closet – and, as Kim gives Jamie instructions as to where she has carefully hidden their valuables, Rob is given just the detailed info he needs to accomplish his mission.
When I first wrote GPS (at a little table at the Filmmaker’s Lodge at Sundance 2018), I was simply telling a joke with interesting characters – if I hadn’t been bent on making a film, I probably would have submitted it to SNL as a skit. However, as grotesquely hideous political, social and cultural unrest increasingly tortured our country – not to mention a pandemic that challenged everybody’s verities (and blew apart my carefully assembled first GPS crew) – I began to feel that while we were about to be (necessarily) bombarded with films addressing all aspects of these many serious issues, what audiences also needed was something lighter: an amuse-bouche for the screen, as it were. In this spirit, I offer GPS for your pleasure – and also have embarked on my first full-length film, a documentary exploring the question of why people continue to go to Graceland, and what that means.
Nell Dashiell August 2022