Short Film “Tit for Tat” Is A Deep and Dramatic Delving Into CTE

The fifteen-minute short film Tit for Tat takes a blunt and bold look at the continuing and critical issue of CTE in the field of major league football. It is an incredible and intense piece of cinematic creativity, and it was filmed and finished without any form of budget. The story contains a strong lead character, surrounded by a clueless doctor and director, that push this person to a pivotal edge. TJ Thomas portrays a former NFL player who is plagued by his brain motivated mania. He takes extreme measures to push his point across to those he holds responsible for his reoccurring trauma. Mike Provenzano and Frank Di Napoli play supporting characters who seem remiss of regret, and terrified of their future fate at the hands of an unhinged and helpless man. Writer/Director Ken Zelenakas succeeds with sensational casting of his crew, as well as telling a longstanding tale with a humane and honest twist. Ken recruited the remarkable Yoko Higuchi of Resistance Pictures to control cinematography, and the sights and sounds of this film are far above average. Zelenakas also commissioned composer Michael B. Stein to create a beautiful musical backdrop for the film, and his compositions set both a dark and delightful tone. Tit for Tat attempts to raise the level of attention and awareness of the condition CTE, and it largely succeeded by using a strong storyline and subdued settings.

Tit for Tit was a finalist in the category of Best Dramatic Short Film in the 2017 Art is Alive Film Festival. This short will be incorporated into the documentary feature film, CTE: Crippling Our Culture, Life by Life, written by AIA Festival Founder, Cindy Mich. For information on the film, please visit the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/titfortat17.

 

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