GREEN BRIEFS is a collection of five gay-themed short films filled with family drama, including PRIDE (directed by Marc Saltarelli); THE COMMITMENT (directed by Albert M. Chan); SHABBAT DINNER (directed by Michael Morgenstern); KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS (directed by Jason Karman); and THE SYMPHONY OF SILENCE (directed by Cedric Thomas Smith).
All of the short films were beautiful, just different in scope and delivery. They were meant to present a message because even today we have friction in all forms toward LGBT men and women, and how we react molds how others will respond. All of these were funny, or sad, or informative, or entertaining, but they were worth watching and are memorable. Recommended even if you don't know a gay man or boy or a lesbian, they're just people. Loved it, 5.0 stars, 06162014.
Like most short-film collections that I've seen, this one features movies that get increasingly better as the show goes on, both in terms of basic story construction and the quality of the acting.
The first short, "Pride", had a somewhat predictable plot, while the second one, "Commitment", struck me as well-intentioned but ultimately unbelievable. (If I were the adoption coordinator working with the couple in this particular movie, I'd scratch them from the list as soon as I witnessed their unhinged reaction to the disappointing news that occurs toward the end of the film. And, perhaps equally troubling, they get all kissy-kissy again just as suddenly as things erupt. Okaaaay, Sybil ...)
The last three shorts ("Shabbat Dinner", "Kimchi Fried Dumplings", and "The Symphony of Silence") are the most rewarding. Amongst these three the themes vary widely -- whimsical coming-out, the healing of broken family connections, and bullying, respectively. "Symphony of Silence" is by far the most accomplished film in the collection, perhaps fitting its serious theme.
This was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Recommended for fans of short films who understand going in that they're not going to be getting premium production values. What counts most here is heart.
Powerful would be an understatement, especially concerning the last short film. I would have gladly paid $9.99 if only to see the "Symphony of Silence". Well written and directed. Enjoy and keep the Kleenex close by.
Wasn't sure about this disc but the first short was very good - "Pride" (20 mins), "The Commitment" - 20 mins was also good and dealt with two "today" issues very well. The next two were 14 mins each and were quite good. The final one - "The Symphony of Silence" running for 40 mins, was the one I found most impacting. It deals with bullying and the consequences and impact on a family, particularly one member - the brother. Watch it and you may need your tissues. I felt it was very powerful and the anti-bullying message very powerful.
Short films can be a delight. They can tell a story, make a point, and never wear out your patience as can easily happen with a full-length film. This collection of five shorts (none of which, by the way, contain the hunky young man in a green swim suit pictured on the cover!) displays wonderful screenwriting, cinematography, editing, acting, and storytelling. I concur with other reviewers here that the final short, "Symphony of Silence," was excellent and very moving, but the whole collection was well worth my time and all were thought-provoking. Don't miss this video.