Calvin Reeder’s short film “The Procedure” runs under four minutes, but chances are it will stay with you for the rest of your life. That sounds like hyperbole, but we can comfortably say we’ve never seen something quite like it before. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was awarded the Short Film Jury Award for U.S Fiction.
The only thing that might shock you more than the plot is the fact that Sundance awarded a film like this in the first place, but the mastery of its execution, editing and control of tension can’t be denied. The short just debuted on Vimeo in full and has been selected as an official Vimeo Staff Pick.
“This isn’t something that comes premeditated, it just clicked,” Reeder told Vimeo about the film. “I just told [my girlfriend] and she was…appalled but also laughing and then it just kinda continued into the next day. Y’know, just the idea…Then, I started sending it to my friends and they responded to it really well just on the naked page. I was pretty excited by their reactions because I knew we had something.”
Read Creeder’s full interview by heading over to Vimeo, and watch the short film below.
Warning: This film contains graphic images some may find disturbing.