V.K. Shah - Director

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Welcome to Shady Pines

Welcome To Shady Pines is a short video by Estelle Getty, real estate agent for the up and coming neighborhood Shady Pines.  Estelle takes us on a tour to meet her fabulous residents and see how great life is in Shady Pines.  Estelle’s sells more than houses, she sells dreams.  Estelle doesn’t discriminate either, even if you don’t have credit, a job, collateral, or a down payment, she will find a home for you! 

This five minute mockumentary was inspired by the crash of the housing market and pokes fun at all sides involved.  It was made for the $600 from my 2008 U.S. Tax Rebate. 

Review from the Independent Critic

This 5-minute short mockumentary stars Katie Pengra as a realtor named Estelle Getty with a bit of a questionable marketing strategy that, given the current condition of real estate in this country, may not be that far removed from reality. Focusing her efforts on an neighborhood with "potential" and attracting customers that she's just absolutely certain would fit right in, Estelle is an uncomfortable mix of Sarah Palin with Marcy from the former television series Married With Children.

In other words, she's funny.

Pengra carries this low-budget short, which writer/director V.K. Shah credits having been made courtesy of the U.S. tax rebate, a wonderful and not so subtle jab at stimulating the economy by pointing out what got us in the mess in the first place. Perfect.

Welcome to Shady Pines feels like an SNL sketch, and Shah wisely keeps the entire thing moving along at a nice clip introducing three of the neighborhood's newest diverse residents including a Mexican, a lesbian couple and an African-American man (at least Monday through Friday).

Holly Amber Church's accompanying music perfectly complements the film, while Cliff Wrangler's camera work is straightforward yet effective. Kudos to the entire audio team for a sound mix that takes advantage of the film's low budget rather than becomes victimized by it.