Dead zone 

Photo: Ande Spenser

Lensed locally, Time Expired is a terminal-illness comedy — strange as that may sound — written by Oklahoma native Rachel Tucker. The film is focused on Randall, played by Eric Starkey (Bringing Up Bobby), who discovers that he is dying. Rather than visiting the Grand Canyon or bungee-jumping off a bridge, all Randall wants to do is repair a broken parking meter.

As Randall isn’t at all fazed by the frightening news of his forthcoming demise, his friends and family aren’t so calm. His mother, Corinna (Rebekah Turner), is so determined to find a cure that she goes to extreme measures to do so; his girlfriend, Sasha (Carrie Slaughter, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt), wants to have his baby; and his best friend, Jay (Topher Owen), wants him to live it up.

“The main theme is to be happy with a simple life,” said Tucker, who also served as one of Time Expired’s three producers. “Death doesn’t have to be a terrible thing.”

Throughout the movie, everyone deals with Randall’s predicament in ways catered to their own needs, without acknowledging what he wants for himself: to stay inside his comfort zone. The ultimate question is whether his friends and family can look past themselves to embrace the inevitable.

Both Tucker and the film’s debuting director, Nick Lawrence, live in Los Angeles, where their Black Mesa Films production company is based. Time Expired was shot entirely in the Sooner State, with the Norman and Edmond areas serving as background that will be familiar to residents.

Tucker worked with a very small budget — $26,000, according to the Internet Movie Database — and was focused more on spreading her story’s message rather than making money.

To that end, Time Expired may be viewed online for free at YouTube and Vimeo (both embedded below), or downloaded via a legal torrent at Vodo.net/timeexpired. At the film’s official site, timeexpiredfilm.com, visitors can purchase a “basic edition” DVD for just 99 cents, or an autographed special edition loaded with bonus features for $14.99.

Regardless, Tucker said she is very pleased with the end result. The festival circuit appears to agree, as Time Expired won the 2011 Silver Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston in Texas, and was nominated in three categories at the Muskogee-based Bare Bones International Film Festival.

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