An Unfortunate Stabbing
Written and directed by filmmaker Marquis C. Mosley, An Unfortunate Stabbing tells the story of two strung out junkies who awaken from a long night of drug use to find each other covered in blood and their dead female friend lying between them. To make matters worse, both junkies wake up to find a knife in each other’s hand. An Unfortunate Stabbing, escalates beautifully into a tense whodunit drama that leaves audiences guessing, then scratching their heads as numerous entertaining twists are revealed.
An Unfortunate Stabbing is a humorous, yet dramatically foreboding short by director Marquis C. Mosley. Through its use of music and a grim color palette, An Unfortunate Stabbing does a fabulous job in creating a mood that is as dark as its story. The eerie, yet nerve racking score sets the feel of the short as it plays throughout marking the key dramatic beats and highlighting the twists and turns of the short.
"What inspired "An Unfortunate Stabbing" was my fascination with what I call 'event films'. Films where the audience gets to watch how something happens, an event. There's no big mystery of what happened, but more so HOW it happened. I want to show an audience, how something happened or even the aftermath of something happening. I already tell you what the film is about in the title, hence, "An Unfortunate Stabbing". So the purpose is just to see the actual stabbing now and HOW it's unfortunate. I'm also a huge fan of Leigh Whannel and Kevin Williamson, and some I my writing is influenced by them, and I think there are some elements of 'An Unfortunate Stabbing' where that can be seen."
- Marquis C. Mosley
Jonah Limbert, Brison Means, and Alyx Libby perform in sync in their leading roles. The chemistry between these actors is natural and highly fluid. Jonah Limbert and Brison Means specifically do an amazing job at playing the two battling junkies. Limbert and Means are flawless in their portrayal, and leave audiences attached to their character’s every lasting word and action.
Running at 14 minutes, An Unfortunate Stabbing is not a showcase of extreme gore or mind boggling action sequences. Instead with An Unfortunate Stabbing we get a film that is heavy on dialogue and large on plot. The story in pristine in An Unfortunate Stabbing. Marquis writes characters with a sense of realism and important intricacies. What the audience is left with are characters that a relatable, yet uniquely different.
Marquis C. Mosley shows through An Unfortunate Stabbing, the powers of filmmaking in a single location. An Unfortunate Stabbing benefits greatly from its limited local (A single living room) by being able to increase the immediacy of the film’s plot. An Unfortunate Stabbing is transformed into a film that is not only heavy in plot, but also grounded in time.
For fans of Drama, or stories that feature strong narrative based plots, An Unfortunate Stabbing is the short for you. For those who love horror with a small comedic twist, An Unfortunate Stabbing will fill your needs, and provide you with an extra helping of cinematic excellence.
INTERVIEW with Marquis C. Mosley (Director/Writer)
First, what's your story? How did you become a filmmaker?
I first got involved with filmmaking at the age of 14, like I'm sure most filmmakers got involved around their teen years. I started off writing comedy sketches, some more controversial than others, and filming them with my friends from high school. I created this show from those sketches called "The Mosley Show". Which at the time I had no idea that I was creating what people call now a 'web series'. I got more engulfed with the process of filmmaking, taking it more seriously as a craft. I began writing shorts, and even attempted my hand a feature (wasn't ready for that type of monster yet though). While I started to finish more shorts and gather more concepts and ideas, I knew that I wanted to do this until I died.
Any interesting production stories?
We filmed the short in two days with $500 in the living room of my apartment. Also during production, I made it a big thing to have diversity in the film. I'm a black filmmaker, but I wanted to make a film where that was not so prevalent. Not to say that I am not proud to be a 'black filmmaker', but I wanted to create something that anyone could watch not just people who look like me. Let's be honest, a white audience is more inclined to see a film that is diverse than they are to see an all-black casted project. Not to say those films are not great or have that potential, but there is a decline in your viewers. Also I have a diversity around me, and I want my world and my films to reflect what I see on a daily basis, everyone. Also it's not a good look to have two black guys and a white woman dead on the floor, hahaha, the movie would end with them in jail.
What is it like film making now after having made this film? Has your approach changed?
I feel like with each project, I learn something about myself as an artist. What I think I like versus what I actually want. Taking that extra time to truly make sure that every shot you are capturing has a purpose. I would have to say that my approach hasn't changed but strengthened with "An Unfortunate Stabbing". And with a budget as minuscule as we had, you have to make sure you have an interesting story for your audience. That's what's I focused on the most, this unfortunate story.
Do you have any projects lined up for the future?
I have a few projects lined up with production company South Wind Pictures. A company that my partner and I, Brett J. Bagwell own, in which we just finished his film 'In the Woods'. It's weird haha. I have one more short, 'Can You See Me', and then I think I'm done with shorts. I'm jumping more into the feature game.
Any advice to filmmakers?
My advise to other film makers would be to work on your craft! Whatever that may be. Keep writing, keep producing, keep directing, but at the same time, be able to recognize a good project in front of you. Think of your audience and not just yourself. I mean yes, you have to like your film, but if your audience doesn't, you're dead in the water. Think about your content, your story, and really determine if your audience would truly enjoy what you are about to put out in front of them.