"I Got Mine" short film

This, my first film, is a metaphor for societal/political  apathy,  particularly as it relates to debate on issues such as health care reform . It does not reflect any political position but is meant to provoke personal reflection and to ask the questions- Are our social/political views based on the good of society or “number 1”?

I have much to learn about film making but it did turn out pretty much as I had hoped.  Check it out below.

“I Got Mine” from jeff hein on Vimeo.

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8 responses to “"I Got Mine" short film

  1. I think you bring up some good points. The mother could have fed her child some oatmeal, whole wheat toast and carrot sticks for a fraction of the cost of the canned food, and same prep time. She could have eaten with her too. With some real food the little girl wouldn’t have been so pale and sickly and the Mom probably wouldn’t need to tank up on caffeine and ibuprofen. The young mom in the convenience store could have bought twice as much food at a regular grocery store instead of shopping at 7-11. The fact that she was using a credit card to buy groceries is just another travesty in this country that people need to be educated about. She will spend a year paying off that bread. Even in Manhattan you can find a grocery store. I have certainly handed people cash in a store because they were obviously short but it isn’t cut and dry for me as to who are the heros and who are the villains in this movie.

    • You assume the young mother used a credit card….for instance, why could she not have been using a debit card. Maybe I missed it on screen and it was a MC or Visa – I’ll check. On the other hand you seem to me to be straining gnats, as it were. The point is that (without prejudgement) the film’s protagonist put someone else before herself. She responded as a mother. She saw the woman AND her baby and responded in a giving way.

  2. All I can say is the film held my attention every second. As a matter of fact, I was interrupted when I first put it on and the first chance I had I came back and watched it. Excellent job!!

  3. I LOVED your film, Jeff. The pacing of your short was superb. The music – just right! A powerful statement about community (giving), sacrifice, awareness, love, and a society that holds hard-working people in a state of “lack.” Interesting. You demonstrate a broad ability in many types of art, Jeff. Thanks for sharing it.


  4. This is a fantastic short film. It left me thinking for a good while afterward, which is perhaps the best compliment a film can ask for. Wonderful job. I hope you produce more quality work.

    Real quickly, I just have to react to the first comment made here on the blog. Quite frankly, it was truly baffling. Not baffling that there are people in the world that feel that way, of that I am perfectly, and unfortunately, aware. But because there apparently are people out there that can even see inside a situation as desperate as that of this woman and criticize her for decisions which, in many cases, are completely rational.

    Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions. First, anyone who has been a college student can tell you some truly whole wheat bread and fresh vegetables are anything but less expensive than most canned goods. How do you know this woman didn’t have a coupon anyway? 7-11 cheaper? Yeah, but unlike Manhattan or where ever one lives, grocery stores are not always accessible all the time. Stupid to use a credit card? Tell that to a parent who doesn’t have cash nor money in the bank because, oh, I don’t know, she has lost all her money to medical bills, but cannot avoid the fact that she has hungary children at home. But perhaps you’re right and can find these people in order to educate them on how to pay for food when they are in dire straights.

    It’s harmful to make so many judgmental assumptions. Perhaps the decision to feed cereal instead oatmeal, to shop at 7-11, or to use a credit card wasn’t a wise decision. Who am I to say? If these are what someone think are the “good points” made in this film, I’m afraid men and women who feel as hopeless as the woman here will be in the dark for a long, long time. And that is a villain.

  5. Great film! In response to the first comment – the naivete of the some in the middle/upper class is shocking. Heaven help those that see situations like this and jump to terribly hurtful conclusions. But thank goodness the commenter would be willing to give a little money if all of her criteria of a responsible citizen are met.

  6. I thought the film was very interesting. I liked the different angles you shot from- you felt you were there, but still an outsider looking in.
    All too many of us have been in this situation before, some are just better at hiding it than others. The question is….when it comes down to it- are you willing to step in when the whole rest of the world steps out?

    Bravo Jeff.

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