Bum on a Bench: A Fight to the Death at Storybook Park

Bum on a Bench: A Fight to the Death at Storybook Park

Film Session(s)


54 minutes, United States, 2014



It is a typical Sunday afternoon at Storybook Park. Blue skies. White summer clouds. Kids playing. Swings. Monkey bars. Chess players slamming clocks in the distance. Our hero is an ordinary man whose name we'll never know. He sits on an empty bench. He closes his eyes. When his eyes open, a vulgar, to self-mumbling, grinning bum is sitting next to our hero, staring at him. "It's a beautiful day, isn't it?" He asks.

And so begins our Hero's journey into a comic nightmare. The Bum tells our hero that his life is in danger, and that his wife, children, friends, job, home, and history are mere projections of an imprisoned mind controlled by his evil opponent. He then tells our hero that there is a secret door at Storybook Park where he can escape his imprisonment. Is the Bum telling the truth? Is he crazy? Could he be the evil Opponent? The absurdity of the Bum's story begins to take on a clockwork logic as our hero contemplates the implications of these questions.

Told in a backward slang by our hero poet in the claustrophobic confines of an empty theatre, the narrative is both Shakespearean and subtle. Standing on the shoulders of Bergman, Lynch, Kubrick, and Fellini, director Eli Halbreich and writer Victory Mori present this little gem of a nightmare as an upside down spiritual allegory. Get ready, Bum on a Bench will reach beyond the screen into your mind and blow your world inside out.


Director(s): Eli Halbreich

Producer(s): Eli Halbreich