Gia Says The Cobblestone Corridor Demands Respect and Integrity in the Field of Journalism…and she is loving it!

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The Cobblestone Corridor is a classic representation of an overbearing preparatory high school editor-in-chief who lives, breathes, (and almost never sleeps) to chase a story. His name is Allan Archer (Erik Bloomquist), a truth-seeker whose bite and passion for investigative journalism will hopefully never dwindle as he manifests in the fight for hard-hitting news stories and against instantaneous, meaningless headlines of fluff pieces we now know as Buzz Feed and Elite Daily articles.

On a self-assigned mission, Archer quests for clues regarding the corrupt termination of the school’s English department chairman Dr. Peter Carroll. Ruthless, the Pierce Gazette leader investigates his leads with the help of the aloof and beautiful Elizabeth “Lizzie” Merriweather (Madeline Dauer) and another eager reporter, digging deep with minimal patience for the co-conspirators but with decency and respect for the facts.

This neo-noir short comes with a mess of contradictions, as any film of this genre should. The fearless newspaper hothead is completely wound up in his journalistic jargon, as well as disrespected and annoyed by his fellow classmates, yet he oozes with sexual desire toward Lizzie. (And who can blame him? The kid can’t be older than 18). Plus, the story has many twists and turns itself, causing the well-respected journalist to act as if he is in a courtroom- to question both sides of an argument and inevitably reveal facts on the front page of the paper.

However, this molded young mind is reminded he “must remember to validate the opinions of his classmates,” as his big mouth (big surprise) gets him in trouble with his administratively dormant journalism teacher…

What’s at the end of the cobblestone corridor, you may ask? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Honestly, the only problem I had with this film is I wish it were longer. I have much appreciation for Erik Bloomquist, who wrote, directed, and starred in this short. I identify completely with the struggle of a journalism originalist battling for the longevity of print newspapers. I have much respect for the screenplay in terms of formatting and dialogue, paying homage to its film medium. And I have admiration for the crisp and beautiful color and cinematography.

Some may argue the movie is structured in a “stuffy” and predictable manner and acts as pretentious, but in all honesty, it is supposed to. That is the only way the characters know how to get their point across.

Some people believe newspapers are becoming outdated and unnecessary, some refuse to even watch or read the news because of the media’s polarization and bias of politics, and too many peoples’ idea of news is gossip, entertainment, and advice columns. This whole film is a refutation and destruction of modern attitudes toward journalism, and these days, a film like this needed to be made. (And I hate to say this…but with people’s limited attention span nowadays, we’re lucky so much can be learned about this topic in only 25 minutes!) Solid film, excellent feature, it did everything right.

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