Stefan C. Schaefer
Writer-director Stefan Schaefer's high-concept script, "Confess," which snagged the Hamptons' scribe prize, never quite transcends its own cleverness. A black, downwardly mobile computer genius abducts corporate and governmental VIPs and taunts them into "confessing" the racism, exploitation and naked self-interest behind their smooth official facades. He then uploads their confessions onto an increasingly popular Web site. But, pic's underdeveloped characters never deliver any fully coherent political beliefs, which allows Schaefer -- in the guise of exploring the ambiguous implications of new electronic forms of social activism -- to hedge his bets in all directions. Gimmicky video imagery could score on cable.
Theatrical Release: October 21st, 2005 - Hampton International Film Festival
DVD Review: Mti Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 5.62 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
with director Stefan C. Schaefer and producer Ben Odell
Naww..... I had some high hopes for this film/DVD but I was a bit disappointed in the end. The anamorphic image, probably shot on DV, was not bumped up for the transfer and hence it has combing (interlaced) in every third frame with motion. It is single-layered with a decent enough image for tube TV's but anything superior will notice the flaws. Detail, as usual with DV, has some strong moments of detail and colors look bright and accurate. There are only optional Spanish subtitles supporting the, often inconsistent, 5.1 or 2.0 channel audio tracks.
There is a commentary with director Stefan C. Schaefer and producer Ben Odell where they immediately admit the miniscule budget of the film and even the ad-hoc commentary that is done 'on the fly'. They discuss how the editing was used to manipulate visual concepts and even admit that the film, today, might just as easily relate to stuff posted on YouTube. The production details are interesting and impart only stuff that individuals in their position could relate. There are also some trailers (4).
Perhaps I just wasn't into this film but I had high hopes as the concept was quite intriguing. My keenness escalated in parts but the next day I felt it was kind of a cheapy - and the disc is actually pricey for what you get. Don't get sucked into this one.
Subtitle Sample (Spanish only available)