Earlier this year, Neal Jones' body was forever changed by a surgery. This 4-minute, satirical doc explores how Neal's life has changed.
Shot by Sophia and directed and edited by Michael, the film features family guest appearances by Neal's mother, Brenda Jones and his brother, Troy Jones. It also includes visits from Johannes Grenzfurthner and Jim McDonough.
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GenreBlast IV - Aug 29 - Sep 1, 2019 - Winchester, VA (Nominated for Best Micro-Short)
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Grindsploitation Film Fest - Mar 6-7, 2020 - Chattanooga, TN - Facebook event (Nominated: Best Micro Short)
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For the last year or two, I've gotten to know Neal Jones and his courageous journey. When I heard about his short, Umbilicus Desidero , I knew I had to see it even if it wasn't something that I would typically cover at PopHorror.
Review of "Umbilicus Desidero" by The Headless Critic Watching Movies - Without Your Head Umbilicus Desidero - 2019 Production by: Launch Over You should live every day like it's your last because you never know when your life will be forever changed. For Neal Jones that happened unexpectedly when he had to have a life changing surgery.
Directed by Michael J. Epstein. With Neal Jones, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Brenda Jones, Troy Jones. A satirical documentary exploring how Neal Jones's body was forever changed by surgery.