At first sight, the travelling salesman Thomas Lindsey (Jeff Clark) is the most ordinary man in the whole world. He tries to make the best of his cheerless existence and even seems to believe in the sales patter with which he tries to get money from naive people in the American backwoods. Less usual is that, despite knowing better, he continues to pursue a sales campaign for the fake product Wellness, an obvious pyramid construction, to the last. Most unusual is his hobby, or rather obsession: collecting wasps' nests.
Lindsey is a sad softy. Paul Stubbs (Paul Mahaffy), so-called manager of Wellness, curses him like a sergeant major. When Lindsey sees his mission of working his way up to some kind of wealth thanks to the hot-air balloon of Wellness doomed to failure, he succumbs like a beaten dog to everything that happens to him. The viewer is a witness to his inevitable downfall bordering on the unbearable.
Wellness is a really unpolished low-budget film. The shooting, that only took seven days, took place in January 2006 in the town of Warren, Pennsylvania. The inhabitants of Warren, none of them professional actors, played almost all the roles. The film is not a documentary, but was shot as one. And that provides an unusually realistic effect. (GjZ)



Director
Jake Mahaffy
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
90'
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Language
English
Producer
Jake Mahaffy
Sales
Jake Mahaffy
Screenplay
Jake Mahaffy
Cinematography
Jake Mahaffy
Editor
Jake Mahaffy
Cast
Jeff Clark, Paul Mahaffy
Website
http://handcrankedfilm.com