NORTH BEND FILM FEST: Wild Card (2022)

Daniel (Billy Flynn) and Toni (Tipper Newton, who directed and wrote this short) have been matched by a video dating service that feels inspired by the Found Footage Festival Videomate videos. The date is awkward, as every time Daniel seems to impress Toni or gain ground, she tears him down, builds him up and then cuts him down all again, sometimes in the same moment.

So how does he make it back to her place? And if he’s the first date from the service she’s been on, why are there so many videotapes everywhere? And who is that threatening her on the answering machine?

Wild Card gets exciting right when it ends, right at the moment that it has been teasing and it demands that you watch more. I loved it and it got me — so please, give us that second date.

Seeing this again after watching it at the Chattanooga Film Festival, I was struck by just how much it gets right from the neo-giallo erotic thriller look of the 90s and how much I want even more of this.

I watched this at the North Bend Film Festival, which you can learn more about on their official site.

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