The Lunch Date

In 1989, Adam Davidson, while still a student at Columbia University, directed a short film called The Lunch Date. Although the film has a vintage look to it, the commentary is entirely contemporary – a product of 1980s debates on race in America. The Lunch Date picked up the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and then an Academy Award for the best Live Action Short Film in 1991. Not too shabby for a student film that happens to run a quick 9:10.

The Lunch Date now appears in our collection of Free Movies Online along with many other award winning movies. Many thanks to Patrick for sending this short our way.


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  1. Harrison Hollingsworth says . . . | September 13, 2010 / 10:23 pm

    Hi, I just came across this story by Douglas Adams which is remarkably similar.

    http://www.woltermanns.com/misc/cookies_Adams.htm

  2. Serdar Gezer says . . . | April 26, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    The story is actually a homework for cinema students. It allows them to produce planty of versions of short film.

  3. deb thurston says . . . | October 2, 2012 / 3:43 am

    I am glad to have found this. 1930s or 1999 it is a great way to spend a few minutes.

  4. Thomas M. Brandow says . . . | May 10, 2013 / 11:11 am

    Powerful, funny. Loved it.

  5. Burcu says . . . | August 18, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Loved it, pretty clever

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