Director: Paul Davids | Producer: Paul Davids
Focus Years: 1970 | Country: United States
This 24-minute dramatic short film from writer/director Paul Davids, starring Paul Picerni and Don Keefer, deals with the theme of the pride of a scientist who believes science can accomplish anything and explain everything. After receiving 6 Nobel Prizes in 6 different fields of science in a single year, Dr. Alexander Binkleman is called upon by a mysterious telegram to take "The Examination," and he drops everything in his life (including receiving the Nobel Prizes) to accept the challenge. But does he even know what The Examination is, and why does he believe he can pass it? The twist ending will please everyone who believes that Creation is a vast mystery, and that there is more in heaven and earth than man can ever hope to explain or understand. Based on a short story by Paul Davids that won the Best Humorous Writing Award from Tiger Magazine while he was a student at Princeton University in 1968, this was his student film at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies. He went on to write, produce and/or direct many thought-provoking films released by NBC Universal Television (including "Jesus in India," "The Sci-Fi Boys," "Before We Say Goodbye" and "Starry Night") as well as "Timothy Leary's Dead" and Showtime's "Roswell" (Martin Sheen, Kyle MacLachlan, Dwight Yoakam) He is also noted as production coordinator of 79 episodes of the original "Transformers" animated TV series, as well as for his 6 "Star Wars" sequel books and his paintings shown in his film "The Artist & the Shaman" For more info: www.pauldavids.com.