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Written and Directed by
Michael Sanders
Robert E. Lee, Anya Benton, Rif Hutton (Vocal)
Running Time
7 Mins.

 "Tone Deaf" Review 
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Sam Whitman (Robert E. Lee) is pleased to discover that the audiologist assigned to his hearing exam is a beautiful young woman (Anya Benton).  Confident that his charm and hearing ability will win her phone number, he quickly becomes flustered when the simple test takes on a not so simple twist.

Written and directed by Michael Sanders, Tone Deaf is a simple yet hilarious 7-minute short currently playing as an official selection during the 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles. A bit of an absurd comedy, our beautiful audiologist quickly turns the tables on this wannabe aural Casanova, who quickly finds he can't believe anything he thinks he hears.

Robert E. Lee is a hoot as the frustrated flirt, gradually losing his flirty demeanor as the hearing test becomes increasingly challenging, while Anya Benton offers just the right amount of certainty and uncertainty that she may be humbling her would be suitor.

Tech credits are solid across the board, including Damian Acevedo's lensing, Ricardo Jattan's production design and the original music from Zach Danziger.

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