STORMCHASER swept the awards at the February 2020 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival in Toronto. Winner of BEST FILM. BEST PERFORMANCES. BEST CINEMATROGRAPHY
Matthew Toffolo: How did you come up with the idea for this short film? And… What motivated you to make the film?
“He’s a door-to-door ‘door’ salesman,” my friend said.
“A what…?” I thought I’d misheard what her new boyfriend did for a living.
“He lost his job. Now, he sells storm doors, door-to-door.
Our exchange conjured black-and-white images from the Maysles’ documentary, Salesman, about door-to-door bible peddlers in the ‘60s. Surely, this daily grind was a thing of the past. But as I did some digging, I discovered it still exists; and that many contractors targeting weather-torn areas this way are called “storm chasers” — instead of “ambulance chasers” — because of their predatory practices.
This triggered a deep compulsion in me to express my own sardonic…
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