The Shortest Day
Release Date: 08/12/03.
TRT: 20 mins.
Suggested Rating: PG-13 (Not Rated)
Chris is challenged with the craziest first day at work after forgetting all of the crucial training for his new job.
Writer, Director Jack Venturo’s fourth movie, made when he was 22 years old.
After completing his first three films in Florida, Jack moved to California in 2001. He struggled to find work until he began working as a leasing consultant in the office of the apartment community he was living.
A contest was held by the corporate headquarters to create an entertaining, team building training video that would showcase the fun and creativity of the staff and the company.
Jack wrote the story for The Shortest Day and collaborated with Chris Pagano on jokes and scenes, Chris wrote a final song for the movie.
When the movie was complete it was shown to the residents of the apartments in a special event/wrap party/premiere on August 12, 2003.
The movie was submitted to the Circle of Excellence Film Festival Awards and was the most nominated and most awarded movie. The awards ceremony was held at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California. It was nominated for four Archie Awards, of which it won three:
- Best Director – Jack Venturo
- Best Screenplay – Jack Venturo, Chris pagano & Staff
- Best Actor – Chris Pagano
- Best Film (Nominated)
Copies of the film on VHS and later DVD were handed out to residents, staff and sent to employees of the company.
The movie was filmed on a Sony Handycam 8mm camcorder.
In 2018 Jack decided it was time to go back and restore the movie. He found all the original tapes and saved as many as possible from deterioration by digitizing them and preserving them in the computer. He began to re-edit it and re-record audio, fix tracks and add all new music and effects.
Here now is “The Shortest Day” The definitive edition; the new trailer, and new bloopers & outtakes.
The Leasing Consultant CHRIS PAGANO
The Leasing Consultant/Hunchie JACK VENTURO
The Manager LORI COHEN
The Assistant Manager ISABEL MARTINEZ
The Lead Service Tech KORNELIY RABINOVICH
The Service Tech FELIKS CHERNAVSKAIY
The Service Tech FLORIN GOGOASA
The Service Tech JUAN ANAYA
The Assistant MUSYA TSIPMAN
The Guard EDDIE JONES
The Accountant LJUBICA PINEDA
The Part Timer NELLY CASAFRANCA
The Part Timer ROMAINE PHILLIPS
The Service Fairy SIERRA ROBINSON
The Training Guru TERESA DALSAGER
The Service Trainer MIKE ASHBEY
The Training Guide DEBORAH HOFFMAN
The Leasing Consultant JAIME L. MONTI
The Service Tech ISIAS VENTURA
The Porter ALEX ARGUETA
The Porter ROBERTO LOPEZ
The Porter FERNANDO HERNANDEZ
The Porter LUIS GOMEZ
The Porter ERASMO CORNEJO
Created, Voiced, and Performed by
JOY THRELKELD STRASSEL
DVD Transcoding & Authoring
Main Tittle Music
Additional Music & Seal of Service Song
AUSTIN JONS & THE IMMORTALS
Title logo & animation
"Archie Archstone" Design & Animation
MICHAEL SEAN BECKER
JAIME L. MONTI
CHUCK JONES for inspiring me to create something out of nothing and always have fun doing it.
TERESA DALSAGER for always being a positive, inspiring, & motivational reinforcement.
LORI COHEN for leading the staff and allowing me creative control with her team.
ARCHSTONE-SMITH for allowing complete freedom in making this movie, using company logos, phrases and images.
THE STUDIO COLONY STAFF for putting great effort in making this movie possible.
THE CCSE TRAINING CLASS OF 2003 for doing cameos in the movie.
THE RESIDENTS for being understanding as we filmed this movie in their home.
THE COLONY THEATRE for hosting The Circle of Exellence Film Festival.
In Memory of
Filmed on location in Studio City, CA.
"The Shortest Day" (2003)
Produced and distributed by VENTURO PRODUCTIONS