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Projects > "Communication Deficit Disorder" by Chris Alpine

Grand Prize Winner Seattle International Film Festival Digital Short

Synopsis: An annoying group of diners at a restaurant can't seem to communicate without their cellphones.

Filmaker's comments: Alpine is a Seattle-based stand-up comedian. He was on tour with the USO in Japan when he heard that he'd won. Created for our contest, "Communication Deficit Disorder" is his first effort at filmmaking. He got the idea in a restaurant in Milan, Italy. "The Italians are insane for cellphones, even worse than the Japanese, which I didn't think was possible. And I swear every person in that damn restaurant was on the cellphone. I saw a waiter get really upset and stomp off and I thought, that's a funny idea." Watch to see what that idea led to.

Judges' comments: This is a quick comedy that skewers a growing, extremely irritating phenomenon. Short, sweet and punchy, and it presents a situation that has aggravated us all at one time or another.

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