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Now's A Bad Time

Sometimes being sentimental means watching life go by... Not everyone is sentimental.

A dark comedy about two guys doing nothing wrong. They are only trying to pry a grieving mother for her deceased sons personal info to sell for a small (but reasonable) profit.

  • Michael Oberst
    Director
  • Michael Oberst
    Writer
  • Michael Oberst
    Producer
  • Taylor Scott
    Producer
  • Colin Burris
    Key Cast
  • Scott Gallagher
    Key Cast
  • Thomas J. Thickett
    Director of Photography
    Tethered, The Proceedings
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, Student, SFSU, San Francisco
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • NY Comedy Shorts
    New York City
    United States
    July 9, 2016
    Festival Premiere
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo, North Dakota
    United States
    September 29, 2016
  • Houston Comedy Film Festival
    Houston Texas
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    Nominated for: Best Short Film, Best Micro Short Film, Single Funniest Moment, Best Ensemble Cast
  • Another Hole in the Head
    San Francisco
    United States
Director Biography - Michael Oberst

Michael is a former grocery store employee turned stand up comedian and filmmaker. He spent many years as a child before entering adulthood. He has worked as a producer on Tethered (2015) and Bloom (2016). He also made the short documentary Becoming Grace Towers (2015). His work been featured at a variety of festivals domestically and internationally. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema with honors in May 2016. This is Michael’s first film that he wrote and directed, but now that his appetite has been whet he plans on using the momentum from this film to make another short and a feature within the next year.

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Director Statement

I worked in a grocery store for 4 years. I was in film school studying how to tell a story and at the same time I was moving up in the ranks in a major grocery store chain. I was your friendly neighborhood produce guy who would let you sample that weird looking fruit that you just squeezed so hard it bruised. I would tell you with a warm smile that it’s okay when your child drops a bottle of vinegar or oil on the ground (both delicious on fresh bread, terrible to clean up). That whole time I felt like I was watching people who didn’t know they were being watched. I realized in my time there that when people are alone you really see a strange side of them. I wonder, do my loved ones leave empty yogurt cups on a stack of avocados? Or, does that grown man’s mother know he sticks his bare hand in a bin of peanuts? I’m telling you, these are average, functioning members of society who seem to completely let go of all social norms. It’s not even in private, they look me in the eye when they do it! I wonder what chain of events or what part of their life led them to believe that that behavior is normal let alone appropriate for that situation.

Then that film school education of mine kicked in and I got an idea for a movie. A short movie, where two average members of society have absolutely no sense of appropriate behavior in a situation where its more noticeable than a grocery store. Because honestly if I made a movie about all the weird things I’ve caught people doing, I don’t think it would work because the audience would go “Well that’s a little unrealistic”. So I put these guys in a funeral. Where they are being just as ridiculous and self involved as you are when you think nobody is watching in a grocery store.