Slamdance Film Festival
Funded in part through Kickstarter, Shale is a short film that examines the importance of a balance of power within a relationship. John (Walter Dalton), the owner of a shale pit, is being divorced by his wife, Sheila (Sandra Seacat), and is prepared to destroy everything he owns rather than split things with her. When Sheila shows up to John's shale pit with her attorney (Danforth Comins) to demand he sign the last of the paperwork, John refuses to swallow his pride and attempts to stand his ground. Shale beautifully documents the destructive nature that an unbalance of power and inequality can have on any couple's relationship, and is certainly an encouragement toward more egalitarian relationships. Dalton is perfect in his stubborn-old-man character, and Seacat gives a wonderfully strong performance, though the final moment of this short dulls her feminist blade somewhat. Shale is being screened with the Slamdance feature film, Fynbos.