07 Nov DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL: A Denver Director Offers a Window into the Investment-heavy, Low-revenue World of Short Films
At its core, “Help Wanted” is a short film about a retiree that must look for work again to make ends meet, a film that encapsulates the fears that many people have about reaching their golden years without the necessary tools to get through them as they’d hoped.
But for Denver-based director Patrick Hackett, the feelings dredged up by the movie are very personal, particularly in a sector of the film industry where directors and producers make little to no money and largely have to consider the tens of thousands they sink into short films to be an investment in marketing themselves to larger, money-making projects. And such a project offers a window into the business world of the roughly 100 short films that will be on display this week at the Denver Film Festival — including his, which plays as part of a group of Colorado shorts at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the United Artists Pavilions theaters.
“Shorts are a labor of love. This is something you do because you’re passionate and want to tell a story. There’s relatively no financial gain in this,” he said. “You’re not going to make the cover of Variety. But if done well, this is a stepping stone into the world of features, where you can make your mark.”