Run Time: 60 minutes
On the surface, FRAUD seems like a rather straightforward film about how to commit the perfect crime. Faced with mounting debt, a well-adjusted couple with two bubbly young children decide to torch their house for the insurance money. After successfully collecting a substantial payout, the family evades detection and suspicion by embarking on an upbeat permanent vacation. However, FRAUD is actually a documentary based around DIY home movies uploaded to YouTube—clips that were then skillfully edited to fit an entirely fictional premise. In other words, the family members are real people who had their benign hotel stays, visits to New York, and trips to the mall twisted (with their knowledge and permission) into something nefarious. Yet knowing these facts doesn’t make FRAUD any less powerful or absorbing. The documentary instead becomes a thought-provoking treatise on how easy it is for our online lives to be exploited and manipulated—and how even the most innocent everyday actions can be perceived as suspicious, given the perspective and narrative. —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 9:40 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 9:45 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 6:00 PM
New Direction Competition
Sebastian Pardo, Riel Roch-Decter
Dean Fleischer-Camp was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1984. He received a B.F.A. with honors from New York University's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. He began his career directing and editing short films and TV episodes and is the co-creator of the award-winning short "Marcel the Shell With Shoes On."