The Big Lie (That Solves Everything)
2005 · 7:59 · written by Jeremy Sands, Tim Randall, Lauren Walsh & Ryan Williams · produced by Geoffrey Long · directed by William R. Coughlan
Solomon is a genie at the top of his game. But after winning award after award, he decides that the life of a genie just isn’t what it used to be. After discussing his concerns with his otherworldly “boss,” he opts to take an extended sabbatical, choosing a simpler life working in a hardware store (though still performing miracles on a substantially smaller scale). But one afternoon he is approached by a slick-talking “headhunter,” who relentlessly tries to recruit him back into the magical world, promising a substantially improved lifestyle with a new employer…
To celebrate Tohubohu’s second year in the 48 Hour Film Project, we decided to produce not one, but two short films. The two films would interconnect, in effect occurring within the same “universe”; in the end, a character moved from one film to the other. “The Big Lie (That Solves Everything)” — a fantasy — was the first of these entries. The short was written, shot, and edited over the weekend of April 29–May 1, 2005. It first screened at the AFI Silver Theatre on Thursday, May 5.