The Search for Runaround Sue

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The Search for Runaround Sue

Writer/ Director: Short Film


If there is one consistent thing between all of the films I make, it's that my intention is to transport viewers to a different world. And that's what I tried to do with the Search for Runaround Sue, to a new personal degree.


The story revolves around Jake, who's kid sister, Sue, has run off with her boyfriend for the evening. Jake needs to get her home by Curfew, and the only one he knows with a car to help him track her down is his Greaser friend, Kenny. Of course Kenny wants no part in this, but ends up becoming Jake's reluctant guide into the seedy underworld of rock n' roll!


The world I was trying to create wasn't just a throwback to the 1950s. It was specifically focused on pulp novels of juvenile delinquency. Enter an exaggerated under-belly of sex and violence, but in a soft hearted way that could only be taken seriously in the 1950s.


Taking place in 1962, I intentionally set in in my home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is an odd combination of urban, blue collar industry and isolated rural family life. The cities and towns of the state float like islands in the middle of seas of farmland and nature that create a perfect setting for a road trip movie that can only take place over the course of a single night.


Made under the mandatory constraints of little money and little time, we came in days ahead of schedule and thousands of dollars under budget. In the process I learned a lot on how to make nothing look like something, and that money is never a substitute for creativity.





After production ended, I hurriedly put together a movie trailer for the film, so that I could show the cast and crew something at the wrap party. Please excuse the rough cutting and the lack of treatment to the clips -- the final visual treatment I developed hadn't been solidified until the final cut of the movie.


But it was nice to see something so soon after working on it so hard, night after night. A big thanks to the entire cast and crew who made this happen. If not a totally successful film, it was an invaluable experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life!