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The Inside Reel

“In terms of simple performance, “Interview Date” works the best because of its wit and personification of double standards while using very simple innuendo that is both innocent and dirty at the same time.”
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Lil Miss Bratty’s Short Film Blog

The cast of four main characters includes Lyon and they deliver a light-hearted story of accidental meeting mix-ups. One man is looking for a job interview, another… for his blind date. The premise itself is a little hammy and predictable, especially if you’ve seen the film’s website prior to viewing Interview Date. That said, I think its the execution that really counts. The writing is the star here, as it’s lively, fun and quirky. Pacing and acting in the beginning feels a little off, but quickly picks up towards the comedic central scene, where the cast does a really nice job with timing and delivery. German Cinematographer Rainer Lipski makes some pretty pictures as well. Of all the short films I’ve seen lately, Interview Date is definitely one of the better ones, and I’m certainly happy to start my blog on that note.

The Short Films Blog

by Mitchell Stover

The short “Interview Date” by Mike Lemcke is the tail of two meetings set up by two separate groups getting mixed up and having some hilarious effects. Simply put, the short follows the stories of a job interview and a online date coming together and getting mixed up. With one person from each appointment with a person from the other appointment hilarity ensues as both groups attempt to figure out what’s wrong. Without ruining the final plot twist, the ending wraps up the short with a funny scene that most people won’t see coming.

Overall this short was the best short in the showcase I viewed while at the D.C. Shorts Film Festival.While it was the first short, it left such a memorable impression that it was the short I wanted to write about. What set this short apart from most of the shorts that I saw was the way it ended and it’s hilarity. When it comes to how this short ended, it had a physical ending that left me satisfied while others in the show case such as “Sweetness & Art” left me wanting more. However “Interview Date” really set itself apart because it kept me interested throughout the entire short. While other shorts were great, some of them lost me very quickly or seemed to skip parts of a story. This doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few issues with the film such as spending too long in the apartment at the beginning however compared to everyone else it was by far the best. That’s why I was really happy to see that you got the DC Shorts 2011 Audience Honorable Mention and the 2010 DC Shorts Screen Play Competition. Congratulations on the awards and thanks for making such a great short film!

My Favorite Films at DC Shorts

by Joe Flood

The DC Shorts Film Festival wraps up this Sunday. Now in its eight year, this celebration of cinema brought 145 films from 23 countries to Washington. As the Blogger-in-Chief for DC Shorts, I’ve seen a lot of short films. Not all, but enough to have my favorites. Here they are:

Little Horses
At the Q&A after the screening, director Levi Abrino said that he was looking to make a movie with the emotional resonance and complexity of a Chekhov short story. He succeeded – this tale of a divorced dad’s struggle to hold on to his son is moving, sad, funny and yet affirming as well. It demonstrates what independent film does so well, by portraying the drama of people who could be your neighbors. Little Horses won a DC Shorts Audience Favorite Award and a Filmmakers’ Favorite Award.

The Man in 813
This is one of several local films in the festival. We also did an interview with directorArlin Godwin on the DC Shorts blog. The Man in 813 is scarcely longer than its trailer, but still manages to tell a funny, creepy story that anyone who has ever lived in an apartment building can relate to – what are my neighbors up to? What’s significant is that the film was shot by one person in his apartment using a Canon T2i, a digital still camera that also shoots video. This short basically cost nothing and yet was screened with films that costs thousands of dollars, a potent demonstration of the advances in technology allow anyone to be a filmmaker.

Interview Date
The script for Interview Date won the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition last year. I read this script as a judge for the contest, then watched it being performed before a live audience. As the winner of the festival, Interview Date received $2000 from DC Shorts to turn their script into a movie. I was delighted when director Mike Lemcke and comedianGrant Lyon returned this year with a finished film. It’s been a fascinating journey to watch, this transition of words on a page to moving images on a screen. This connection between a screenplay competition and a film festival makes DC Shorts unique, turning writers into filmmakers.

The Scarecrow Girl
For me, this was the most beautiful film of the festival. While shooting in rural Brazil, director Cássio Pereira dos Santos took hours of sky shots, because they were so amazingly blue. These shots frame a film about a young girl in rural Brazil who wants to go to school but can’t. It’s a true story, taken from stories told by Cássio’s grandmother.

These four films are a great demonstration of the power of independent film to tell stories that you’re not going to get out of Hollywood. Rather than relying on formulas and catch-phrases, indie film at its best communicates visions that are both original and unique.

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Arch Campbell Show, News Channel 8

On September 8th, 2011, Grant Lyon appeared on the Arch Campbell Show on News Channel 8, an ABC news channel affiliate, in Washington D.C. to talk about Interview Date. Check out the clip:

What’s On Tap: The Entertainment Guide

By Marlene Hall

“It’s a different kind of date in Showcase Seven when Interview Date delivers a dose of comedy Three’s Company style. When a blind date gets mixed up with a job interview hilarity ensues.”

DC Shorts Awards $2000 to Winners of Screenplay Competition
By Joe Flood, Pink Line Project, on Oct 18, 2010

The fourth annual DC Shorts Screenplay Competition wrapped up with a live reading on October 16. More than a hundred short scripts from around the country had been submitted to this competition. A panel of judges (including me), selected five finalists. The final five were invited to Washington, to present their short screenplays in a live reading. The finalists were:

Catching Up
Mary Ratliff, Writer
Reston, VA
A prison guard must make a decision that will affect the future of a criminal, and put his own daughter at risk.

Interview Date
Grant Lyon, Writer
Mike Lemcke, Writer
Oakland, CA
In a case of mistaken identity, a couple on their first date accidentally cross signals with a job interview.

The Dressing Room
Jackie Boor, Writer
Sacramento, CA
A department store dressing room is an unexpected crossroad for a tired housewife and a young woman.

Surreal Estate
Lori Romero, Writer
Santa Fe, NM
Mr. Smith’s trials and tribulations while renting a home are not normal procedure. Break Up, Break In, Break Out

Kelli Herod, Writer
Arlington, VA
With a little help from her friends, a woman works through the end of a relationship.

The scripts were read in a “theater in the round” in the conference center of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Before a standing-room only audience, each script was read live by local actors and the screenwriter. This was a table-read, where the actors and the writer sat around a circular table, with audience members within a couple feet of them. No props or costumes were allowed. As the actors read the script, the audience had to imagine the action, like an old-fashioned radio play.

All five scripts were performed in this manner. Ballots were then distributed and the audience selected the winner:

Interview Date!

This was a farcical comedy, in which a man who thinks he’s going on a blind date ends up at a job interview. It was well-acted and presented, with some very funny lines highlighting the similarities between looking for love and finding a job. One of the writers, Grant Lyon, is a stand-up comic and this was evident with the script’s excellent sense of timing and delivery. The writers of Interview Date, Grant Lyon and Mike Lemcke, were presented with a check for $1000 by Jon Gann, director of DC Shorts. They will receive another $1000 once they turn Interview Date into a film. The movie will also automatically be admitted into next year’s DC Shorts Film Festival. The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is unique among screenplay contests in that its aim is to not just award money, but get films made.

Look for Interview Date at DC Shorts 2011! And if you’re a writer who wants to make a short film, sign-up for updates at ( to be notified about next year’s competition.

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