“Terry Kendall and Orange Green”
When A Mysterious Man…
Meg Skaff’s fifteen minute short film gives us a look into the life of Terry Kendall (Brit-Charde’ Sellers), which clocks in at around 15 minutes, takes a twenty-something young woman who goes about her life in what might be called a typical twenty-something fashion. She works hard at her local supermarket where she is highly thought of. Then a mysterious man (Timothy J. Cox) begins to stalk her at the supermarket and in the park on her days off and Terry feels that her life is beginning to come apart.
As I watched I began to wonder what genre of film this fits into and I realized that I had no answer. It is quite simply a film about a young woman trying to live day-by-day and whose life is changed when she has someone stalking her. Timothy Cox makes an interesting stalker since he looks at anyone’s next-door neighbor and nice guy. He is in no way intimidating so he has to use silence and charm as ways to alarm Terry. While she is at work, he stares at her and continually asks where the chicken breasts are located over and over again. He sometimes smiles and sometimes doesn’t and this drives Terry mad. I can just imagine how nerve-wracking playing such a part can be and Cox pulls it off with aplomb. The insanity also works on the audience as they watch what goes on in the closes supermarket. A confrontation between Terry and the stalker but I will not divulge anything about that. There is something about the originality of the film that pulled me in and there is something that is both horrifying and humorous about what we see. We never know the intention of the stalker or why he chose Terry and dialogue is completely unnecessary as actions here say so much. Sellers is excellent as Terry who is both unnerved by the stalker too distracted by everyday life to let it really bother her. It could be tempting to play this all for high drama, but Skaff and her cast are clearly going for a sense of normalcy here and Sellers projects it perfectly.
Timothy J. Cox never lets on as whether this seemingly charming and clean-cut man is actually dangerous, harmless or just a guy with some kind of special needs. I think that we can predict that Meg Skaff is a filmmaker whose career is just waiting to go full steam ahead.