By Diana Drumm | The Playlist April 25, 2013 at 11:42AM
Full disclosure: Christopher Bell is a member of The Playlist family (even though he's not currently an active journo any longer), but he's also a budding filmmaker with some skill to boot, and with a new short film under his belt, we figured it might be nice to reciprocate all he's done for us and give him a little shine.
“Bridges” is about a young woman (Joslyn Jensen) who faces a great dilemma. As a babysitter, Elizabeth’s top priority is the safety of her young charge Julian (Julian Perez), an adorable baby boy who doesn’t want his peas and smiles at his toy car. With her boss being a full-time working single mother, whose absence is made poignantly clear by being only a vocal presence in the film, Elizabeth becomes de facto mother/father/carer for Julian. When safety at the apartment is threatened, Elizabeth, like a mother bird, takes Julian for a very long walk, away from the impending confrontation with danger. As they walk farther and farther, she begins to wonder whether they should turn back or just keep walking.
In a world where we face questions over priorities and parental responsibilities, “Bridges” is a timely piece that brings focus to the need for a physical and emotional presence in a child’s upbringing along with the question of how involved one should be in the welfare of another person’s child and in their home. While raising all of these issues, “Bridges” succeeds by giving the audience the opportunity to interpret the film’s moral ambiguities for themselves. Check the film out below.