That Gone Darn Scam!

This film is the winner of the 2021 F5 Financial Focus FilmFest Audience Choice Award!

A comedy featuring puppets centered on the grandparent scam.

Senior Alex Midas, a cohost of a radio talk show, is contacted by someone who claims to be his grandson in legal trouble. Alex is in a race against time to gather funds to pay for Marvin's bail after his involvement in a DUI crash that greatly affected everyone involved.

What will become of Alex's efforts during time sensitive demands? Who is really behind this charade?

A fun and informative story that can help benefit the elderly and their family members; young and old.

  • Ken Harris
    Director
    Cyber Brats
  • Ken Harris
    Writer
    Cyber Brats, Library Castle, Sinister Choices
  • Ken Harris
    Producer
    Cyber Brats, Library Castle
  • Ken Harris
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ken Harris

Ken Harris is an award winning filmmaker and puppeteer. He was born and raised in Springfield, MA. He uses puppets in a fun way to spread cyber security awareness and scam prevention to seniors and their caretakers. His weekly show, "Cyber Brats" geared for seniors and caretakers, is accessible for FREE weekdays from 9:30am to 10:00am on Spondulics TV. Ken is also an experienced live performer with puppets!

Aside from his experience as a performing artist, Ken has worked in the Criminal Justice field as a Correctional Officer, Court Security Officer, Loss Prevention Retail Officer, and Reserve Police Officer.

Ken is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College. He has a cyber security awareness certificate of completion from Holyoke Community College.

Ken is an experienced theatre actor who started off with his high school drama club and intermediate training from the Springfield's Drama Studio. He has performed in dozens of productions for Northampton Team Players, Jelupa Productions, and the Henry County Players, GA Theatre.

His story has appeared in Cultured Focus Magazine, Straight to Audio Productions, Point of View News Magazine, New England Public Radio, any many others online medias.

Each week, his puppet comedy show highlights topics such as grandparent scams, phishing, malware, money mules, investment fraud, and many others.

Please consider supporting Ken's puppetry projects designed to help our seniors. Your support funds technical resources and digital content in his mission to spread cyber security awareness and fraud prevention. https://spondulics.org

Thank you.

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Director Statement

My mission as a puppeteer is to scatter the seeds of knowledge. We can be safe and secure together with learning that is just as educational as it is entertaining.