Directors: Francisco Lacerda, Francisco Afonso Lopes (co-director) (as Francisco A. Lopes)
Writers: Francisco Lacerda, Francisco Afonso Lopes (co-writer) (as Francisco Lopes)
Jorge is a struggling freelancer who nails a life altering gig just when he hits rock bottom. What happens after the initial setup is a hilarious and satisfying descent into absurdity - whale semen, sexual inhibition, violence, and the mighty mighty goat. Francisco Lacerda and Francisco Afonso Lopes hit just about every one of my hot-spots in a mere 15 minutes. I watch a lot of shorts and this is by far some of the most bat-shit fun I’ve had in some time. The entire crew at TTF13 and I can’t recommend this one enough. Drink the...... um... punch and live deliciously with The Freelancer.
Have you ever wondered if people in Europe could ever relate to the nightmares you’ve had while high on Robitussin, retching in the stall of a Hobby Lobby? Well wonder no longer! Freelancer squeezes in enough disgusting and absurd humor in fifteen minutes that it resembles the experience of eating a bad pistachio or walking in on your elder relative while they’re in the bathroom. These might sound like negative comments, but for the seeker of such gross out comedies/ horror films this short might just fit right into the wacky pantheon of films like Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler or Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. It’s fun, perhaps a bit lenient on vomit and close ups, but fun. If you’re an adventurous sort that likes to eat the booger jelly beans from the Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Beans box, you might enjoy another type of quick fix
Gross, crass, violent, cautionary (pour your own drink, don’t have sex with whales you hardly know) and oh so gut-bustingly hilarious; it was also the best thing going at the recent Sick-n-Wrong Film Festival “deep end” time block. Freelancer is exactly what I’m looking for in a short film; it doesn’t come across as a trailer or prototype for something more promising, but instead comes fully established as a self contained three act story. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, with a narrative flow that would lend itself well to an episode of Tales from the Crypt —if a Tales from the Crypt episode was developed under the influence of DMT, and whale sperm.