USA Tag Archive

Past Obsessions Afflict the Present in Ursula Ellis’ Emotional Drama ‘For George on His 30th Birthday’

Live Action, Premiere

15th January, 2021

Ursula Ellis talks emotional history and developing a vintage filmic look for her South-set coming of age drama 'For George on His 30th Birthday'.

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Hadley Hillel Creates an Entire Film World Out of Cardboard for Touching Dark Comedy ‘ERNIE’

Live Action, Premiere

12th January, 2021

Hadley Hillel lays out the challenges of constructing a fantasy world from scratch in 'ERNIE' — a stirring tale of two lost souls finding each other.

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How Feeling Small led Na Kyung Kim to Create a Giant Animation About a Tiny Eel

Animation, Premiere

11th January, 2021

Filmmaker Na Kyung Kim joins us to explain how feelings of inadequacy led her on a journey to prove her worth with animated short film 'Just a Small'.

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How Cellphone Towers Disguised as Trees Led Connor Radding to Create a Short Film About Loss & Isolation

Animation, Premiere

7th January, 2021

Returning to DN with grad film 'The Midnight Sun', Connor Radding explains how the isolating animating process was echoed in his lead character's journey.

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Sally Tran Answers the Urgent Call to Join the BLM Movement With Mixed Media Doc ’60 Years and Still’

Documentary

10th December, 2020

10 Black victims of police brutality are movingly surveyed in Sally Tran's table top mixed media film '60 Years and Still' — created completely in-camera.

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Unspoken Toxic Masculinity Is Threateningly Palpable in Beck Kitsis’ Thriller ‘The Three Men You Meet at Night’

Live Action

8th December, 2020

Beck Kitsis explains how she repurposed reductive horror conventions for her tense twilight thriller 'The Three Men You Meet At Night'.

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Saad Moosajee Animates a Dancing Series of Otherworldly Renaissance Vignettes for Joji Music Video ‘777’

Animation, Music

7th December, 2020

Saad Moosajee walks us through the complex technical skills he needed to master when creating the motion-captured animated Renaissance vignettes of '777'.

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A Woman Wrestles With Her HPV Diagnosis in Chloe Berk & Blair Baker’s Comedy/Drama ‘Summer Fridays’

Live Action

4th December, 2020

'Summer Fridays' actor/director Chloe Berk discusses the need for filmic representation of taboo topics and her passion for telling female-centred stories.

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Jens Josephs’ ‘Getting There’ Salvages Art from the Wreckage of a Lost Road Movie

Live Action, Premiere

30th November, 2020

Layering films within films and with actors playing actors, 'Getting There' — shot in an empty parking lot — is a delightfully comic metafictional film.

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A Hookup Escalates Into a Harrowing Encounter in Andree Ljutica’s ‘How to Say I Love You at Night’

Live Action

19th November, 2020

Andree Ljutica delineates the loose rehearsal process and musical shooting rhythm of his sixteen minute one-take drama 'How To Say I Love You At Night'.

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Ben York Jones Captures the Start of a Bittersweet Friendship in ‘I’m Alright If You’re Alright’

Live Action, Premiere

17th November, 2020

Adapting Arthur Bradford's short story "Mattress", Ben York Jones' 'I'm Alright if You're Alright' is a charming two-hander about making new friends.

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Kevin Castanheira Balances the Absurd with the Profound in Funeral Convention Documentary ‘Selling Death’

Documentary

16th November, 2020

Kevin Castanheira reveals how the mood of doc short 'Selling Death' changed drastically in the moment providing a fascinating film that upends expectations

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