SOCIAL ISSUE FILM: Review by 3rd Dog script




Writer and director, Edgar Michael Bravo, and Producer, John Paul Rice, present a social issue film with a unique perspective. The main character’s psychological struggle on an individual conscious level also reflects the larger struggle occurring on the collective conscious. This movie demonstrates how the social issue of abuse has a profound effect on all of us.

The system (culture) presents a mental trap (red dress) for the individual or the collective to overcome. The goal is to find a way out of the illusionary world that seems so real. Red is representing the lower aspects of personalities such as anger, fear, lust, greed, or gluttony. These traits are the enemy to our true happiness or harmony individually and collectively.

As the title suggests, this will be intense and may take you down a rabbit whole. Like the character in The Matrix facing reality proves to be an adventure for Paul, the main character, and will require not being distracted by MOTHER’S RED DRESS…which becomes his trigger. Dissociating from abuse tragedy and violence is our first line of defense both individually and collectively. You may find traveling with Paul on his inner journey toward awareness and healing will bring you to a deeper awareness of your life.

Paul attempts to piece together the past after seeing his mother kill her abusive boyfriend. He leaves home for a small town in Southern California where he meets a young woman, Ashley, who inspires him to rebuild his life. Paul is hopeful for his future with Ashley until he receives an urgent call from his mother. She is dying of cancer and wants to reunite her son with his father who abandoned them years ago. Paul returns home, ready to help his mother and forgive his father, but finds a terrible truth waiting for him.

You’ll be pleased with the superb performance by the actors Timothy Driscoll (Paul), Alexandra Swarens (Ashley), Alisha Seaton (Mother), Amanda Reed (Brenda) excellent cinematography and the original scores by composers Christine Wu and Kevin Doucette in this independent film. I had the pleasure of attending the PREMIERE at the Derby City Film Festival this year and enjoyed viewing MOTHER’S RED DRESS.

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…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.