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Leave A Message

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Herb suddenly dies, and his family learns about a secret romance with a mysterious woman. The family tries to protect his poor widow, a woman of advanced age who suffered a stroke, but their efforts fail spectacularly. With some surprising revelations and hopefully a few laughs, the film reflects on victimhood, helplessness, personal agency, and the importance of acceptance and love.


Director Statement

In writing and directing ‘Leave a Message,’ I tried to challenge audience preconceptions about old age, disability and gender. Herb suddenly dies, and his family learns about a secret romance with a mysterious woman. The family tries to protect his poor widow, a woman of advanced age who suffered a stroke, but their efforts fail spectacularly. With some surprising revelations and hopefully a few laughs, the film reflects on victimhood, helplessness, personal agency, and the importance of acceptance and love.


Director Biography - David Malouf

David Malouf is a retired educator and federal worker who has written a number of screenplays for short movies. In 2016, his screenplay entitled ‘The Battle of Xã Hòa Châu’ was a finalist in the DC Shorts screenwriting competition. The following year, his screenplay for ‘The Pharaohs' won that competition and became David's first foray into film direction. ‘The Pharaohs’ took a humorous look at social dysfunction in old age and was warmly received at film festivals in the US and Canada. David’s new film, ‘Leave a Message’, tells a wry and surprising tale of old age, disability, death, romance, and a mysterious batch of snickerdoodles.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    16:14
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    David Malouf
  • Screenwriter
    David Malouf
  • Producer
    Patricia Meyers
  • Cast
    Laura Poe, Rick Kain, Susan Scher, Bari Hyman, Michael Gabel, Arthur Laupus
  • Cinematographer
    Jake Simpson
  • Editor
    Erica Rowe
  • Sound Design
    Don Malouf