The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit

A ukuleleist and his manager attempt to record a children’s folk album, but when the manager’s chronically ill chihuahua complicates their work schedule, the already exasperated musician becomes quietly resentful of his manager. After their recording session, the two men experience a small tragedy that requires the ukuleleist to let go of his petty grievances. Consisting of just five shots, pushing the comic limits of the long take form, this fictional short explores the humorous intersection of work, friendship, and the emotional strain of pet ownership.

The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit screened at Cannes, Slamdance, Reykjavik International, Rome Independent, and several other festivals. Made in collaboration with Joe Bookman, Agony was supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

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  • Film by
  • D. Jesse Damazo
  • Joe Bookman
  • Sound
  • Marc Carlton
  • Small Dog
  • Edie
  • A.D. and Cinematography
  • Richard Wiebe
  • Laura Iancu
  • Florina Titz
  • Craig Webster
  • Crew
  • Josh Thorud
  • Wiley Schatz
  • Avi Michael
  • Maia Melton
  • Bad Man Tunes
  • "Consistency in the Third Person"
  • by Seppuku
  • Thanks
  • Jill Kambs
  • Lisa Carlton
  • Andy Hulse
  • Adam Luksetich
  • Sinah Ober
  • Lemuel Torrevillas
  • Additional Thanks
  • The University of Iowa
  • UI Graduate College
  • UI International Programs
  • Dept. of Cinema and Comparative Literature
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Film and Video Production Program
  • ECGPS
  • UI Fine Arts Council
  • Iowa Arts Council

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