Excuse Me

A young man with a peculiar fetish seeks a mate.

“Excuse Me” is a film about a young man and his quest to find true love. Twenty year old Alec has a unique fetish however, which makes his search for a soul mate particularly challenging.

When we first see Alec he is at the bar, having a drink with a beautiful young woman. He knows that he could go home with her, but it’s more than just sex for him. In a risky attempt to learn whether she could be the ‘one’, he bears his soul and tells her of his most intimate desires. She is immediately repulsed by his admission and quickly departs. And so once again, Alec is left despondent from rejection.

He spends the rest of the night going from one woman to the next, searching for that special lover, only to be turned away by all.

At the end of the night, Alec is back at the bar, alone this time, and drowning his grief in alcohol. Alec is suddenly approached by Mandy, a gorgeous brunette, who strikes up a conversation with him. Will she turn out to the be the ‘one’ or will he again suffer refusal and ridicule?

Excuse Me breathes new life into the romantic comedy genre. This hilarious film will surely shock yours senses and keep you laughing long after the credits roll.

  • Joseph R. Granato
    Director
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  • Joseph R. Granato
    Writer
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  • Joseph R. Granato
    Producer
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  • Steven Lolli
    Key Cast
    "Alec"
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  • Kristi Moore
    Key Cast
    "Mandy"
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  • Allison Sequora
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2002
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm, Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.33:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • University of Central Florida Annual Film Showcase 1999
    Orlando
    United States
    June 4, 1999
    North America Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Joseph R. Granato
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Joseph R. Granato

Joseph R. Granato is an award winning filmmaker, poet and author.

At age 16, Joseph wrote and directed his first original film, "Feast of Friends", a 20-minute coming-of-age drama about a disillusioned youth whose string of bad decisions begin to alienate his friends, causing him to sink deeper and deeper into depression, culminating in a stirring finale where his fate – will he overcome, or succumb to, his despair - is revealed. Since then he has written, produced and directed more than a dozen short films.

Joseph attended the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media (B.F.A., Film, 2000). His thesis project "Tulpenwoede", a satire on mass hysteria inspired by true events (the title comes from the 17th century Dutch phrase meaning ‘tulip madness’ or ‘tulip rage’) was selected to open the 2000 UCF Annual Student Film Festival at Disney’s MGM Studios in Orlando. One year later, Joseph received the Best Director award at the 2001 West Palm Beach Film Festival for his short film "A Rare Case of Rejection".

Joseph also has a law degree (Juris Doctor, 2006) from St. Thomas University School of Law and is a consultant for a Brussels-based law firm as well as the communications manager for an international alliance of top-tier labor and employment law firms.

Joseph has been writing poetry, short stories and screenplays since he was a teenager. His debut novel, "Cemetery Tales" was published in 2015. He also has publishing credits in several books of poetry including the "Best Poetry of 2001" and the "Best Poetry of 2002" by the International Society of Poets, "Theatre of the Mind" by Noble House Publishers (2003) as well as the "International Who’s Who in Poetry 2012" by Poetry Productions. Published in 2016, Joseph’s collection of poetry, "Complications", spans more than twenty years of writing. Joseph is currently working on a new novel, while also assembling a collection of stories, essays and screenplays in a soon to be published eBook entitled "A Dark Place Born", among other projects.

Joseph is also very active in his community, having served for several years as Committee Chair for the local BSA Cub Scouts Pack, and as Assistant Coach with Fairfax Little League of Virginia. Joseph is also a dedicated supporter and member of the American Film Institute.

Joseph was born in New York, but he ‘grew up’ in Miami, his home for more than 25 years. He lives in Paris, France with his wife and two sons.

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