NTSC/4:3/TRT 9:18/B&W/2003

Dialtone is a short thriller set entirely in a phone booth. On a windswept Spring day, on a small town street, a woman finds herself by chance answering a payphone. She learns from the panicked young girl on the other end that a kidnapping has taken place, and that her actions in the next few minutes could mean the difference between life and death for this small victim. Using interior voice and motion adjustment, the film seeks to capture the panic felt by someone in genuine crisis. It’s an audiovisual reflection of the common conceit that panic-based experiences, like car accidents and muggings, seem to last forever, when in reality they are actually over in a matter of seconds.

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