Barney & Herb

Directed by Tommy O’Rourke


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The Last Thing Lost

Fri Apr 12, 2024 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Sat Apr 13, 2024 – 7:30 pm | Downtown Beloit Association

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Barney & Herb

Directed by Tommy O”Rourke
Narrative Short
United States | 25 min | 2023

A devilishly charming retiree and his thirtysomething friend find comfort, happiness and mutual enlightenment in spending time together navigating the human condition.

“Highlights at the 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival”Roger Ebert

“Emerging filmmakers empower audiences at Heartland’s 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival” Cinema Femme

An inspiration. A muse. A royal pain in the fuckin ass. The real Herb was a seasoned life veteran with zero fucks left to give and he exuded that energy. I wanted to be his friend because of that – and I eventually became one. Careful what you wish for.

Barney & Herb is based on real life interactions I had with my 84-year old friend that has now passed, and I have to level with you…the honest-to-whatever-god-you-do-or-don’t-believe-in-truth-is that (real life) Herb never told me anything profound, he didn’t sit me down and tell me all of life’s secrets. Herb inspired and taught me by his actions – the life he lived was a beautiful example. “If it wasn’t for my friends I don’t think I’d be around anymore because I’d have nothing left to live for”. Life – wherever you’re from, whatever age you are, and whatever your background is – can be profoundly confusing, painful, scary, funny, and loving. Friendships help us navigate this myriad of emotions and human condition.

Barney & Herb

Barney & Herb - Tommy O'RourkeTommy O’Rourke

Thomas Bernard-Catalfio-Elizabeth O’Rourke is a proud Detroit native and has been a working professional in Los Angeles for 15 years. A film production major turned to the “dark side” – acting – he began his career at “National Lampoon’s Lemming’s” as a Writer/Actor and more recently won Best Actor at the Portland Comedy Film Festival for “Petnap” which he wrote and starred in.

Slowly returning to the “light side” Tommy has been working more seriously as a Writer/Director on everything from Sketch Comedy, Music Videos, Narrative and Dark Comedy, Unscripted Concepts and written several feature films.

With over 25 years of acting/improv/sketch comedy experience, Tommy believes that firmly roots his directing style in more honest, fully present moments that can be natural, spontaneous, funny, dark and enlightening.

Film Information

Director: Tommy O’Rourke
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 25 min
Rated:  R


Writer: Tommy O’Rourke
Producers: Josh Sathre, John Otterbacher
Cinematography: Samuel Ott
Editor: Jon Gollner

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