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Stocking Stuffers 
Written by: on October 23rd, 2009

Release Date: USA, 2001
Production Company: Parousian Pictures
Approximate running time: 8 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Language: English

Director: Angel Connell
Writer: Angel Connell
Cinematographer: Matthew Wagenknecht
Cast: Eric Scheiner, Christy Scott Cashman

Stocking Stuffers is an amusing and playful short film that is made up of two distinctively different sections. Part One is the more dialogue-driven half of the short and it is titled “Consuming the Commodities of the Heart”. The verbal foreplay between two lovers drives this first half of Stocking Stuffers. Part Two is made up of three loosely related spoof ads for pantyhose and it is titled “The Heartfelt Commoditization of Consumption”. These three commercials which make up the second half of Stocking Stuffers are the more accessible and direct of the content present in this short.

While the full length version of Stocking Stuffers clocks in at about eight minutes, there is an alternate version of this short which omits the first half and is solely made up of the second half. The full length version of Stocking Stuffers is the stronger of the two versions. The alternate shorter cut feels too abrupt.

From a production stand point Stocking Stuffers features stylish cinematography, pitch perfect pacing and exceptional performances from its two leads Christy Scott Cashman and Eric Scheiner. Even though the subject matter is contained in a mere eight minutes the end result is an extremely satisfying farce that holds up on repeat viewings.

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