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Gregory Foltynowicz’s Arthouse Film ‘Lachesis’ Piercingly Ponders If We Can Control our Own Future

With Academy Ratio, stark black-and-white images and high-contrast camerawork, Gregory Foltynowicz explores the inevitability of fate.

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Jermaine Manigault’s Experimental Short ‘Not Black Enough’ Cathartically Confronts Blackness in America

Epic long takes, musical pastiche and minimalist music, Jermaine Manigault reveals the tools he used to create a unique portrait of what blackness means.

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Varun Raman & Tom Hancock’s 16MM Comedy Short ‘Man or Tree’ Sees a Plant Ponder Its Metaphysical Reality

Varun Raman and Tom Hancock discuss the freewheeling approach to filmmaking on their 16mm comedy short about a tree which thinks it's a man.

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Ninja Thyberg’s Debut Feature ‘Pleasure’ Commands Us to Reconsider Preconceived Notions of the Porn Industry

Ninja Thryberg talks about applying her background in photography to reveal the hidden fringes within the porn industry in her provocative debut feature.

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A Mother and Son Fall Into a Toxic Masquerade in Émile V. Schlesser’s Darkly Twisted Satire ‘Kowalsky’

Émile V. Schlesser explains how he made the unlikeable conniving protagonists of his tragicomic short film satire so effortlessly compelling.

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Bianca Poletti Tests the Boundaries of Traditional Dating & Relationships in Comedy Short ‘Radical Honesty’

Bianca Poletti reveals how she drew out the more subtle moments of comedy in her deliciously awkward portrayal of a first date in the modern era.

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tao/s Expose the Dark Actuality of Child Trafficking & Exploitation in Social Justice Short ‘The Rabbit Hole’

tao/s explain how they walked the perilous line of depicting the bleak reality of child exploitation while provoking a call to action empathy in audiences.

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Alex Camilleri & Jon Natchez Talk the Art of Street Casting and Composing for Stirring Fisherman Drama ‘Luzzu’

Director Alex Camilleri and Composer Jon Natchez discuss crafting the perfect musical statement to underpin their neo-realist Maltese drama.

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Harris Dickinson Explores the Ties That Bind a Young Soldier On His Last Night of Freedom in Riveting ‘2003’

Harris Dickinson explains how his background as an actor informed his approach when capturing the gripping, naturalistic performances of his drama short.

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A Forlorn Teenager Auditions for the High School Choir in Kate McCarthy’s Comedy Drama ‘Look, Mira’

Kate McCarthy breaks down the trials and tribulations of making her debut short, about an awkward teenager auditioning to be church cantor.

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Álvaro de la Hoz’s Horror ‘Replica’ Is a Delightfully Delirious Dance of Death

Álvaro de la Hoz unwraps the effective depth-of-frame, creepy sound design and clever choreography behind his smart unnerving thriller-chiller.

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Lewis Attey Tells the Punctuated History of a Lonely Drifter Across His Multi-Year Short Drama ‘Basil’

Lewis Attey reveals the unique production challenges of shooting multiple chapters for his short drama across an eight year period.

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