The best picture I've seen at this year's festivals was Jim Duff's "Hank and Asha." For those of you who do not know, Jim Duff grew up in Omaha. He was a student at Westside High School before going to school at Indiana University and then graduate school at the famous film school at the University of Southern California. Jim's father and step-mother, Wally and Mindy Duff, still live in Omaha, as do his mother and step-father, Ann and Ken Stinson.
"Hank and Asha" is charming, poignant, funny, and in interesting ways, profound. What more could you ask for in a movie? Hank and Asha are both filmmakers--he in New York and she in Prague. They strike up a relationship by exchanging videos. So, what we see if each of the parties speaking to a camera and then sending the message to the other. At one point, Hank tells Asha that he is going to take her to dinner. This means that he sets up a camera in the chair across from him in an elegant restaurant. When he asks for a second menu, the waitress want to know if someone will be joining him. Hank's response is: "No. It will be just the two of us." At the end of the dinner, the waitress, having figured out what is going on, looks into the camera and says to Asha, "I hope you had a pleasant evening." This is great comedy.