Narrative short film
Written and directed by Kevin Murray, based on a story by Ted Patterson
Synopsis: Two balloon twisters — one a shy entertainer, one a pompous showman — vie for the same job at a child's birthday party. As they engage in an epic duel to woo the crowd and win the coveted paycheck, their battle produces hazardous yet hysterical, and magical, results. It's high noon — with balloons.
Background: A quirky comedy that takes a fun and absurd look at the art (and rivalry) of balloon twisting. Filmed in Charlotte, NC.
Accolades: "A Twistful of Dollars" won Best Comedy at the 2023 Longleaf Film Festival, Best Comedy at the 2023 Andromeda Film Festival, Best Comedy and Best in Show at the 2023 ConCarolinas Film Festival, Best Short Film award at the 2023 Motion Picture Film Awards, and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2023 Sacramento Independent Film Festival. "A Twistful of Dollars" is an official selection of the 2023 Footcandle Film Festival, the 2023 Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, the 2023 Raleigh Film and Arts Festival, the 2023 Stranger Days Independent Film Festival, 2023 Redwood Film Festival, and the 2023 Sioux City Film Screening. The "Twistful" script also was a recipient of the Footcandle Society's 2019 Filmmaking Grant Fund.
IMDB: Check out "A Twistful of Dollars" on IMDB.