by Mitch Blummer, Christopher Jason Bell
Country: USA
Year: 2023
Duration: 85'

Dale spends the majority of his time transporting various goods to people while attempting to carve out a social life in-between. Eventually the weight of work, his declining health and decaying social relations become too heavy to bear.


film director

Mitch Blummer

Mitch Blummer (USA) is a filmmaker and cinematographer. When skateboarding put a camera in his hand as young teenager it wasn't long before he was producing narrative and documentary short films, leading him to complete his undergraduate BFA at SVA in Film/Video Directing and Cinematography. Since then he has shot and produced content for cable television from Vice/HBO, Animal Planet, Discovery ID and Travel Channel; International film festivals like Tribeca Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, DOCNYC and New Filmmakers New York. n 2023 In 2023, he co-directed his first feature film, Failed State, with Mitch Christopher Jason Bell.


Reflections (cm, 2009), Manipulation (cm, 2010), Replacement (cm, 2013), Seldom Sunday (cm, 2013), To Be Twice at Once (cm, 2014), Idiotarod (cm, 2017), Failed State (coregia/co-director Christopher Jason Bell, 2023).

Christopher Jason Bell

Christopher Jason Bell is a former critic and active filmmaker. His first feature The Winds That Scatter premiered at Northside Festival and went on to play in Madrid, South Korea (winning Best International No Budget Feature Film at the KIXFF), Cambodia, Chile, Argentina, and numerous places in the USA. His latest short film, The City Is Like a Character in the Film, premiered in 2018 and was selected to play in the Eastern Oregon Film Festival and Film Fort, Portland. Also in 2018, Spectacle Theater put together a retrospective of his work in Brooklyn, New York.


On-Board!: Citizens of Velocity (tv, 2005), Bus Stop (cm, 2008), Mural (cm, 2008), Behavior (cm, 2009), Pilgrimage (cm, 2011), Bridges (cm, 2012), The Winds That Scatter (2015), One Times One (cm, 2015), Mohammad So-and-So (cm, 2017), Left (cm, 2017), The City Is Like a Character in the Film (cm, 2017), Incorrectional (doc., 2019).


film director

“Many things were on our mind even before 2020 had hit. The pandemic exacerbated problems and heightened contradictions that were already on the tipping point. After working with Dale on previous shorts, we decided to make another small project but much bigger in scope. We followed Dale on his real job as a freelance messenger and built a story around him, adding a cast of characters pulled from all of our experiences. Dale is overworked and doesn’t have a choice in the matter, but he makes a point to carve out a fruitful, meaningful life in between gigs. Explored is what happens when the exploitation of labor is well past what is unacceptable.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Mitch Blummer, Christopher Jason Bell. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mitch Blummer. EDITING: Christopher Jason Bell. SOUND: Matthew Scott Baker. CAST: Dale Smith, Richard Gilbert, Melissa Rocha, David Hayter.  PRODUCERS: Mitch Blummer, Christopher Jason Bell, Marla Christiansen. 

CONTACT: Christopher Bell christopherjasonbell@gmail.com