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A clown walks into a bar... where the everyday comedy and tragedy of life shake hands.

  • Ron Campbell
  • Bevan Blair Bell
    Kilimanjaro Warriors
  • Ron Campbell
  • Ron Campbell
    Key Cast
    Babylon 5, Witches of Eastwick, Hypernauts, Dead Bang
  • Liam Callister
    Key Cast
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    23 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography

Ron Campbell

In a career that has spanned 4 continents and 14 countries and more than 150 theatre productions, "funslinger" Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris to the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Fuji Dome in Japan, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece to the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Ron toured the world as the lead clown in Cirque du Soleil's Kooza. A Shakespearian actor equally comfortable in One Man shows (R. Buckminster Fuller: The History and Mystery of the Universe, The Thousandth Night, A Tale of Two Cities, Shylock, The Dybbuk, How To Fail, The Bone Man of Benares and Beckett's Eh Joe.
Mr. Campbell has played everything from Don Quixote, to Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes. He created "Eddie" for San Francisco's long running The Speakeasy and Cecil B. DeGrille for Teatro ZinZanni. Mr. Campbell also served as the ringleader/boss clown of Lone Star circus and Cirque Joyeux.
In Film Mr. Campbell appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick, Faye Dunaway in Silhouette, Roy Schieder in The Fourth War and Don Johnson in Dead Bang. He starred in the independant film Sinker, which he wrote and played various
aliens in Babylon 5 and Hypernauts and is the voice of the monster in The Mouse and the Monster.
Among the numerous theatre awards he has received are The London Fringe One Man Show of the Year, The Helen Hayes, Chicago's Jeff Award, Theatre Bay Area Best Actor and Critics Circle Awards in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ron is the recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement.
Mr Campbell and has been teaching and running workshops everywhere from a Maximum Security Lock Up for the Criminally Insane to The Berkeley Repertory Theatre and is a published poet whose work has appeared in The Versus Poetry Anthology, Truth Serum Press and Psychic Meatloaf among others.
Ron holds a 4th degree black belt in Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship).
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Director Statement

"It's a dark and stormy night. A clown walks in to a bar." That was the kernel that led to the short film Dunk. For many years I've made my living falling down. As a clown at Cirque du Soleil and elsewhere I've taken a few bumps and bruises. So Dunk is a sort of love letter. To clowns. But not the polka dot horn honking party clown nor the nightmare inducing scary monster clown. I wanted to take a look at the aging clown. The classic clown. The sad but funny but wise clown. The kind of clown that has taken one too many bonks to the head. Frankly, a clown like me. And I wanted to see him in his natural habitat. Which at this point is not the center ring of the big top. It's in a bar. Past closing time.
Nursing his sore bones with rum. While a storm rages outside. And as this character started to take shape I couldn't help noticing that another kind of storm was approaching. An insidious darkness was rising in the headlines. And that somewhere on the Southern edge of America kids were being separated from their parents and put in cages. It was the confluence of these disparate ideas that led to Dunk. A man perched at the edge of a bar, on the edge of a country, on the edge of life itself.