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The Independent Critic

Mark Dessauer, Jason Welden, Mercedez Varble
Lewis D. Chaney, Neil Kellen
Jason Welden
20 Mins.

 "Quiver" is a Thought-Provoking Short Film 

"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

Filmed in Henderson, Kentucky, the 20-minute short film Quiver is a thought-provoking short film about a man, Paul (Jason Welden), who is going through the most difficult time in his life after finding out that his son has cancer.

Welden also wrote the film's script and approaches things from both therapeutic and spiritual directions, weaving together the stages of the grieving process while also incorporating elements of hope and faith into the simple and poignant story. The film is co-directed by Lewis D. Chaney and Neil Kellen in a way that makes it feel both incredibly intimate and universal, with lensing that captures little moments and big moments with equal effectiveness.

Quiver recently screened at the 1st Annual Alhambra Theater Film Festival in Evansville, Indiana and picked up an Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Competition. Mark Dessauer, a familiar face to regional cinema fans, is effective as Dr. Knapp but Quiver is at least modestly hindered by hit-and-miss supporting performances and a sound mix that reduces the dialogue's emotional resonance.

For those who have traveled a particularly challenging journey, especially through grief & loss, Quiver will resonate most deeply as Welden has crafted a meaningful story that will hopefully lead to discussion and inspiration. For more information on the film, be sure to visit its Facebook page linked to in the credits to the left of this review.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic