LONGLINE: Charlie must deal with the painful task of taking Elizabeth, a consultant for his company whom he has fallen for, to the airport for her flight back to Boston and out of his life forever.
In this third episode about life in the office, Charlie chats with Mark about a temp who has just been taken out of the office in handcuffs. Mark suggests that the man was responsible for the three missing women in the finance department, and now that the temp is gone, there’s no one to take Elizabeth, the consultant with whom Charlie has been forming a relationship, to the airport.
Mark offers to let Charlie borrow his car so her can drive Elizabeth to the airport. Once there, the situation is rife with tension. Charlie begs Elizabeth to stay with him rather than return to Boston. In a heart-wrenching scene of desperation, the two embrace before Elizabeth boards the plane.
The walk back to his car is long and gloomy, but someone is following him. Someone calls his name as he comes to the car. Could it be Elizabeth? Or is it the executives he was supposed to pick up after dropping Elizabeth off, forgotten in all the sadness and strife? Good old-fashioned drama is at the heart of this quaint episode of Back Office.
Behind the Scenes
Shot with a Canon Optura Mini DV and edited with Adobe Premiere 5.1, Asphyxiated Heart has been edited down from it's original 6 minute run time to a paltry 4 minutes. It's original introduction was a link to the BACK OFFICE series, but is now a stand alone piece. Shot in April of 2000, and debuted online in May of 2000.
The location was CMH Columbus Airport, and permission was granted. Later that year, Steven Soderberg and his crew shot scenes for the movie TRAFFIC there, and broke their agreements with the airport. The sceens were cut from the movie, and the airport has a strict policy of not allowing any films to be shot there under any circumstance.
In 2003, this short was used as the basis of an ANIMATION.
Five Sonnyboo productions are finalists in the Time Warner Video On Demand - Viewer's Choice Awards! Support local filmmakers and watch independent short films from the area on Channel 41. After going to the OnDemand Channel, go to 'Viewer's Choice' and then to 'Indie Shorts.' RELATIONSHIP CARD, REFRACTORY (dir: Joanne Fromes), GRUDGE MATCH (dir: Derek Rimelspach), ALWAYS LATE, and ASPYXIATED HEART are available to be viewed.
Official Selection to Australia's ARTHOUSE CIINEMA screening series down under. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Official Selection to the Blue November Microcinema Screening at Oklahoma State University in the Tulsa audtiorium - Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 19th, 2004
Official Selection to the Cincinnati International Film Festival in Cincinnati, OH on October 23rd, 2004
Official Selection to the Nebula Film Festival screenings in Chicago, IL on July 27th, 2004.
Official Selection to the Twisted Spine Micro Film Festival screenings in Cleveland Ohio on May 22nd, 2004.
Official Selection to the Mad River Microcinema screenings in Billings, Montana on May 9th and 11th, 2004.
Official Selection at the IU South Bend Film & Video Festival in South Bend, Inidiana University April 9th, 10th, 2004.
Official Selection to ARLENE's GROCERY PICTURE SHOW in New York, NY April 11th, 2004
Official Selection at the Wreck Beach Film Festival in Ontario, Canada June 19th-20th, 2004
Official Selection at the Wellfair Film Festival in Atlanta, GA January 27th, 2004.
Official Selection at the Queen City Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio September 13th, 2003.
Official Selection the Drop Your Shorts Film Festival in July 2001.
It was also an official selection for the Showtime Channel's ALTERNATIVE MEDIA FESTIVAL in 2001.
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