Recently crowded as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013, director Lauren Wolkstein’s creative body of work, whilst broad in range and style, could be viewed as united narratively by collisions of strangers which often spark moments of self-illumination for the characters who inhabit the off-kilter worlds she builds. We talk to Lauren about this and how the practical differences of shooting in France vs Stateside informed the stylistic choices of her latest short Social Butterfly.

Social Butterfly (2013)

A 30-year-old American woman enters into a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

There’s kind of horror and anxiety in the mundane and strangeness in the world that we don’t always see.

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