Sometimes, when you sit down to watch a movie, you will have a personal connection with the actors and the story really cuts straight to the heart of issues you may be dealing with, or it may even give you that encouragement you need to succeed. That is how I felt watching Little Tin Man, a film by Matthew Perkins, that releases today. This story of a man trying to make his way in show business is not a new story, in the basic sense, but Little Tin Man adds a twist that is very interesting.
Just like the story of Dorothy and her friends and their travels through Oz, Little Tin Man is a journey to find something inside of ourselves. Herman Miller is an actor in New York City working in a restaurant that his family owns. He is tired of being typecast, as he is a Little Person, a person with dwarfism, a genetic condition resulting in forms of skeletal dysplasia, in this case causing him to be shorter than the average person, and is usually only offered rolls as an elf, dwarf, or some sort of short character. He has a sleazy agent who doesn’t really help matters.
Everything changes for Herman when his mother passes away and leaves the family business to his brother. Adding to the pain that he feels, the only thing that his mother left him with was a directive: Take your acting career seriously. This is the impetus of the journey that Herman finds himself on, as he is told about Martin Scorsese’s plan to remake The Wizard of Oz. Of course, being given an audition for the Mayor of Munchkinland is not his ideal role, so he decides to try for the part of the Tin Man. A delightful romantic comedy with a great cast of characters, many from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Little Tin Man is family friendly enough for a viewing with the kids and yet just adult enough for a date night movie.
The month of October has also been declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month by the Little People of America, an organization dedicated to fighting for the little people… and the Little People. Fitting, then, that Little Tin Man should release on this first weekend of October. If you are in the New York area, you can check out their premiere October 3, 2014, at Williamsburg Cinemas 217 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11211.
Stay tuned here at Comic Booked for a full interview with Aaron Beelner to talk about his experiences with the film and in his life. This is a fun and enjoyable movie. If you can’t make it to Brooklyn tonight, look for Little Tin Man on VOD and iTunes coming soon and in Netflix in the near future.
Check out the trailer for this great movie: