Praise for Allow Me
"A stylish huis-clos allowing the true colors of a couple to be revealed."
"Short films have, truly, one brief chance to take a subject, tell a story, and make it engaging enough so as to keep a viewer's interest and then keep them thinking about it afterwards. With director Hal Carlton-Ford's newest effort, this is accomplished exactly as it should be, leaving one to ponder what the further consequences are once the primary revelation has been revealed...A finely crafted, well-filmed, character-driven, single setting-chamber piece, Allow Me will surely get the recognition its story deserves on the festival circuit and beyond."
--One Film Fan
Allow Me is a romantic chamber drama, which unfolds in real time in a couple's bedroom. During its dense 9 minutes, Allow Me explores the roles of truth, honesty, sex and genuine interaction between a husband and wife.
The wife (Betsy Holt) notices that her husband (Tommy Dishman) isn't paying attention to her. To get her husband's attention, she tells a seemingly white lie. The lie gets her husband's attention, as well as initiating a revelation in their marriage which shocks them both.
Allow Me's story is bolstered by atmospheric lighting, a diegetic soundtrack and very precise, intense performances. A bold mix of traditional cinematic coverage and macro photography highlight the nuances of the non-verbal communication between the couple.
Color. 9.5 mins.
Starring Betsy Holt and Tommy Dishman
Produced, edited and directed by Hal Carlton-Ford
Written by Hal Carlton-Ford and Sahil Sharma
Cinematography by Eric Girgash
Sound design by Reid Rice