Joe Penna Forms Sci-Fi Mystery With ‘Instant Getaway’ Short

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Sometimes with really interesting films, it takes a while to process what you have seen. Joe Penna AKA MysteryGuitarMan has just directed a very interesting short film for New Form Digital, called “Instant Getaway.”

One of several “sci-fi” themed pieces, Instant Getaway deals with a busboy turned drug cartel member turned warp traveller turned murder suspect. Yeah, that followed a normal trajectory until I said that “warp traveller” thing — I noticed that too. Like I said, Penna has directed a very interesting piece.

The longest short I’ve encountered thus far, “Instant Getaway” has been broken into two pieces that combine to tell a dramatic half hour piece that leaves more questions than it answers. That aspect is frustrating, but I have to admit: it has me hooked.

What’s going on here? Is this a statement about the larger issue of race relations and border crossing? Is it a glimpse at the injustices of our dystopian future? I don’t freakin’ know. I feel like I’m smart enough to realize that there is a deeper rabbit hole, but too fat to actually fit down said hole.

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Also, the video, which was filmed through a partnership of sorts with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer through their New Form Digital shorts program, is one of a few standalone pieces out of the original batch of 14. Most of the shorts give us a piece of a story that could be completed only with more financial backing from New Form. Joe pulls no such trick, instead feeding us this mysterious and well-made/acted production in one heaping gulp.

I’m not sure how to feel about this one. That’s probably a good thing.

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