Have Cheetah,Will View #372 – “Long Roads” (2019)

Its 1:27 pm

I find my films all sorts of ways….references,Dollar Tree,they’re sent to me,gifted,the library and the video store. Short films come from from surfing,word of mouth and from following various artists on their Twitter or other social media. Because there are so many shorts and 98% are rarely promoted well enough to be seen,one has to work hard to find them. I love the medium and and I’m almost always never disappointed in the shorts I do come across.
This is how I found “Long Roads”,after I had reviewed “Guest of Honor“,already following Silvio Wolf Busch,I did the same for his co-star,Stefanie Butler. Not more then two days later,she posted the link for this film on her InstaGram and off the cheetah and I went.

“Long Roads” is story of two close friends who have drifted apart over the years. Mickey (Isaiah Stratton) has reached out to Natalie (Stefanie Butler) for help. Mickey is ill but wants to try being treated by Native American medicine man.  Natalie agrees but isn’t too wild about the idea.
Natalie is bit rough around the edges and when she buys them two hot dogs for lunch,she has forgotten or doesn’t care that Mickey doesn’t eat meat and hasn’t since they were 7 years old. She then makes a crack about how Mickey should eat anything he can while he can. Its said as a joke because Natalie has no idea just how advanced Mickey is.
It isn’t until Mickey has a incident in their hotel room that Natalie slowly realizes she really doesn’t just how ill her childhood friend really is,they haven’t been in each other’s lives enough for her to know.
But Mickey does know and he isn’t hoping for a medical miracle,he is hoping for a spiritual one and he doesn’t have much time either….

Written,produced and directed by Ashleigh Chavis,who has been a great make-up artist on over 40 projects,including “Black Panther” and “The Phenom“,”Long Roads” is her second film. Of course this being the year of amazing short films,”Long Roads” is a beautiful story of what true friendship really means. Knowing who you want to stand at your side and giving them the light and the map so that even a strained relationship can be healed.
The film has a nice sparse look of open country filled with beauty and wonderment.
It echoes the distance that has grown between Mickey and Natalie and yet offers fresh hope with each rising day if one is brave enough to take what is being offered.

The film crew that created “Guest of Honor”are pretty much the same…Stratton and Butler shine just as brightly here as in “Guest” and the cinematographer is Bremt Christy who did such a masterful job with “Guest”.
Stratton and Butler have a real gentleness in their scenes together while Butler isn’t afraid to show Natalie’s rough edges,she is bitter towards herself and recognizes it,so does Mickey and its Stratton’s sense of urgency to Natalie to come back from the edge that is so touching. Two very fine performances from a pair of real talents.

“Long Roads” is 22 minutes long and should be considered a rated PG-13 film.

The cheetah and I gave “Long Roads” two thumbs/4 paws straight up.



3 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #372 – “Long Roads” (2019)

  1. Though I have not seen it yet, do you think it deserves a nomination for a Best Live Action Short at some awards show If not the Oscars. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of awards show, it is all really just a popularity contest 🙂 Great review though and I can’t wait to see this 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂


    1. Short films have been so strong this year,I’m going to have a separate “Best of” list this year.
      There just has been that many that I have enjoyed so much. Its going to be hard to pick a favorite.

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