I dug this short film from co-directors Jonathan & Josh Baker. They describe it as “understated” with reason. it’s what I’d call a slow-burn of a narrative that takes its precious time unwrapping itself, while you appreciate its beautifully-shot *slice-of-life* images, before finally letting you in on its secret about halfway through.
It’s a long wait, but I appreciated it. And maybe you will as well. Fans of science fiction will especially dig it, I think. I’d actually like to see a longer version of this – as in a feature film. There are questions I had after watching this that I’d like answered; although I pretty much came up with my own theories. But I feel like what we have here is just the start of something. There’s some backstory to fill in first of course.
Here’s the synopsis from the filmmakers: “BAG MAN is the understated story of a 12 year old African American boy, who takes us on an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of upstate New York. With a mysterious duffle bag in hand, its contents unknown to us, we journey from the urban hustle of Harlem, into the winter-ravaged woodlands a world away. On the road, we slowly discover his real intentions, and the startling significance of what is hidden inside a young boy’s bag.”
To say anymore would be to spoil it for you, so just press play.