Parking

A vitriolic encounter between Ray and Gene, two inordinately put upon men, in an urban parking structure. 

PARKING is based on my short play which received its world premiere at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and subsequently at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. PARKING screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide including New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art, Austin's South By Southwest Festival, the Montreal World Festival, Ireland's Cork International Film Festival, the Taos Talking Pictures Festival, the South Beach Festival in Miami, the Festival of U.S. Shorts in Brisbane, Australia and the Festival of World Cinema in Philadelphia. It also ran intermittently for a year and a half on Sundance Channel. Inquire for production rights.

Written and Directed by James Morrison

Produced by Riad Galayini

Reviews

...a warp force furious comedy that taps into the most universal and powerful emotion of the technological age - urban traffic Angst. On the surface, Morrison's premise is deceptively slight, but Ray's passionate diatribe is nothing less than a thinking man's outcry against the decline of Western civilization.  

---Los Angeles Times

Parking is a marvelously rich theatrical vignette. The fiery argument that ensues eloquently touches on issues of class and machismo. It is soon clear that what is at stake is not just parking protocol, but the price of manhood in present-day America.  

---Philadelphia Inquirer

Parking, one of the hits of the 1998 Fringe Festival and classic Fringe fare: challenging traditional notions of performance...  

---Philadelphia Magazine

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Actor Award for Paul Lieber - Albany Film Festival

  • Best Short of the Festival Award - Northampton Film Festival

  • Third Place Narrative - Central Florida Film and Video Festival

  • Audience Choice Award for Best Short - Slamdance, 1996

  • Honorable Mention, Blockbuster Competition - Wine Country Film Festival