Claire Coffee appears in Blocks by Bridget Moloney, an official selection of the Shorts Programs at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jake Hossfeld.

Fears about the state of the world blend into the lives of pretty much everyone, and especially those in charge of the next generation of young people. It can make us feel a little queasy. Maybe even sick to our stomachs. Ashleigh, a mother of two, certainly feels like that when she starts vomiting…Lego blocks! This shocking premise leads to an interesting short film about what it means to be a parent raising young children in 2020. 

Ashleigh is a good mom to her two young children, taking them to playdates and cleaning up after them. She’s exhausted, though. And suddenly, she starts vomiting Legos. The family’s humorous journey is well worth the watch. 

BLOCKS is crisp and professional, with thoughtful production and careful artistic choices. Director Bridget Moloney shows off here with skillful blocking, swirling camera movement, and effortless editing. It’s not surprising that the short was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

The talented cast includes Claire Coffee (Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector), Mark Webber (The Place of No Words), Phoebe Sinclair, George Sinclair, Ruha Taslimi (Ass Level), Kristin Slaysman (L.A.’s Finest), Trae Harris (Piu Piu), Jessica Coulter, Camile Chen (Carol’s Second Act), Tara Copeland (American Princess), Amy French (Casual), and Dreama Walker (American Horror Story). 

Claire Coffee, who has a long history of acting in TV series, gives a lovely performance as protagonist Ashleigh. Mark Webber proves himself again to be a family man – his previous movie, The Place of No Words, is about the bonds between parents and children.

Check out this Sundance-nominated short – you’ll never think about toy blocks the same!

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