An independent omnibus film co-executive-produced by Boston-based Scott Masterson and Steve Oare, Twelve brings together a dozen shorts of around ten minutes each - each helmed by a different Boston-area filmmaker, and each shot in Massachusetts' seaside metropolis during a unique month. The individual components are as follows. "January" constitutes a short by Masterson about an insomniac reeling from the heartbreak of a lost love, who finds new hope and optimism one fateful New Year's Eve thanks to a nascent romance. "February," directed by Seanbaker Carter, tells of a nerdish techie who invents a wacky new sport, christened "robot basketball," and convinces everyone that it represents the next national craze as he prepares to pitch it to bigwigs. "March," directed by Andy McCarthy, observes a private dick who concocts and employs a zany method for entrapping a local serial killer. "April," helmed by Garth Donovan, concerns Patrick, a down-and-outer and cocaine addict who grapples with his own need to pull his life together. Director Luke Poling's "May" observes an ensemble of film students gamely but not-quite-successfully attempting to band together and complete an end-of-semester production project despite the massive odds stacked in front of them. As directed by Noah Lydiard and set on the day of the Summer Solstice, "June" tells of a young boy who builds a flying contraption to literally soar away from home and out of the clutches of his alcoholic mother. Megan Summers' "July" tells of a shutterbug prone to snapping candid photos of people, who grows concerned and then paranoid when one of her favorite subjects inexplicably vanishes. Brynmore Williams's "August" represents the one break from the fiction-oriented inclination of the omnibus per se - a documentary about bees, that examines the insects' connections to mankind and the world as a whole. Director Joan Meister's abstract short "September" continues the idea of Williams's film with a non-narrative, poetic meditation on the interconnectedness of all people - an idea Meister evokes with unique aesthetic compositions, first-person monologues, lyrical narration, and other devices. Marc Colucci's "October" provides a farcical take on the swill-happy activities of two Boston alcoholics rapidly spiraling downhill. Jared Goodman's "November" concerns a drug dealer and his brother who unwisely attempt to turn the tables on a "gun buy back" scheme and get rich overnight - with tragic results. And finally, Vladimir Minuty's "December" plunges into the psychological torment of a desperate homeless man on the wintry Boston streets "lured" into wrongdoing by his doppelganger - merely for the sake of obtaining basic necessities.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Special Interest
- Theatrical Release Date: 05/04/2009
Vladimir Minuty, Luke Poling
- Themes: Alcoholism,Serial Killers,Drug Trade,All Washed Up,Missing Persons,Runaways,Filmmaking
- Tone: Quirky
- Language: English