SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: KURTWOOD SMITH IN 12:01 PM

Today’s short film stars Kurtwood Smith as a man who gets sucked into a time loop and must repeat the same hour of his life over and over until he figures out a way to escape. If that sounds a bit familiar, it should.

Jonathan Heap’s short 12:01 P.M. was aired in 1990 as part of Showtime’s anthology of 30-minute shorts. The airing led to an Oscar nomination for best short film and a feature-length TV-movie remake featuring Jonathan Silverman that had the unfortunate distinction of airing just a few months after the similar (though non-thriller) GROUNDHOG DAY. The short itself, based on Richard Lupoff’s short story from 1973, is a tight little thrill ride and should serve as some good lunchtime viewing.

@Paul Freitag-Fey

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