SXSW FILM 2011
By Don Simpson | March 13, 2011
Director: Kyle P. Smith
Writer: Kyle P. Smith
Starring: Morgan Beck, Adam Benic, Kerry Bishé, Troy Buchanan, Tom DiMenna, Zeke Hawkins, Zoe Perry, Jon Schmidt, Bob Turton, Sergio Villarreal
It is the middle of the Summer and it is time for the Turkey Bowl; the winner even gets a Butterball turkey. A group of eight post-grad friends take off from their respective jobs and get together and play touch football once a year…and this year two strangers join them.
There seems to be a lot of tension going on within the group. Apparently, this is one of those events that past friends get together on a yearly basis merely out of a sense of obligation and possibly to keep track of one another even after they have grown apart. They might recollect why they were once friends (if they ever were), but it is very clear that their lives have since changed.
Turkey Bowl showcases how sports have a tendency to exaggerate male insecurities, especially once the adrenaline and testosterone starts pumping. Some of them are better at football than others, while some are just really damn competitive. Names are called, shit is given, excuses are made; there are poor winners and there are poor losers. For whatever reason, football and competitive sports in general, has an uncanny ability to show a different side of everyone involved.
Writer-director Kyle Smith utilizes one location (a public park in LA) for a one-hour film with action that unfolds in near real time. Seems pretty simple, huh? The simplicity, though, is all just a front. Smith pulls out of his hat a cast of incredibly complex characters who reveal the real ups and downs of a simple (there is that word again) game of touch football.