Man's Best Friend

Man's Best Friend is a dark comedy that examines our relationship to smartphones and how they both connect and isolate us from one another.

  • Natasha Blass
    Director
  • Alex Mallonee
    Director
  • Natasha Blass
    Writer
  • Natasha Blass
    Producer
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  • Alex Mallonee
    Producer
    Do You Want It?
  • Taylor Humphreys
    Producer
  • Christophe Parker
    Key Cast
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  • Megan Putnam
    Key Cast
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  • Jon Paul Tillman
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Natasha Blass, Alex Mallonee

Alex and Natasha met in undergrad as film students at UC Santa Cruz in 2008. Since graduating from the Film & Digital Media program both moved to the Bay Area where they have collectively directed and produced dozens of commercials. This is their first narrative project together.

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Director Statement

San Francisco used to be famous for its hippies and artists but recently it has become more notorious for tech culture. It is home to hundreds of popular apps like Lyft and Instacart, making it the epicenter of what many call the “sharing economy.” Though these apps, we can have our food delivered and our dogs walked at the touch of a button. While this may make life easier for some, it can also make life very difficult for the people performing these activities. The employees behind these apps are often treated less like humans and more like machines, expected to perform their tasks flawlessly and quickly for what often amount to less than minimum wage. Man’s Best Friend explores this dynamic between customer and contractor. It reminds us that, though we may be connected by computers and algorithms, we are all still only human and therefore subject to make mistakes. Our other goal in making this film is to show that art is still very much alive in the Bay Area, though many artists have been forced to take side gigs as Uber drivers. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a cast and crew of professionals from the Bay Area. Even our music is licensed exclusively from Bay Area artists and our composer is based out of Oakland.