Live Action Category

Live Action, Premiere

Petter Holmsen Provides a Bird’s-Eye View of How Our Daily Habits Define Us in ‘Deb in Bed’

We speak to Petter Holmsen about deploying a top down view to depict the ups and downs of a woman's love life in charming, bittersweet drama 'Deb in Bed'.

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Live Action, Premiere

Grayson Whitehurst Presents a Darkly Comedic Reckoning In Morality Spec Ad ‘Purple | Life-Changing Sleep’

Grayson Whitehurst discusses using a talking bear to force a hardened woodsman to face his own insecurities in his comedic, morality play spec ad.

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Live Action, Premiere

Henry K. Norvalls Foresees an Indifferent World of Automation in Suburban Dystopia Short ‘Life Goes On’

Henry K. Norvalls takes us through the gadget's eye view of automated perfection he adopted for his worrisome very near future short 'Life Goes On'.

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Live Action

The Boundaries Between Life and Art Thrillingly Converge in Lawrence Michael Levine’s ‘Black Bear’

Michael Lawrence Levine discusses how he crafted the unusual structure of 'Black Bear' — starring Aubrey Plaza, Sarah Gadon and Christoper Abbott.

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Live Action, Premiere

Denis Dobrovoda Catalogues a Horrifying Part of British History in Human Zoo Story ‘Savage’

From 1830 to 1958, 35,000 people from Native & African backgrounds were exhibited in human zoos. Denis Dobrovoda's 'Savage' peels back this shocking story.

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Live Action, Premiere

An Isolated Family Become Unsettled by Their Disturbed Son in Zander Coté’s Woodland Thriller ‘Tantrums’

Zander Coté explains the artistic motivation behind his decision to cast actors against type for his short character-driven thriller 'Tantrums'.

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Live Action

Elvira Lind’s Oscar-Nominated ‘The Letter Room’ Deftly Illustrates the Messiness of Good Intentions

We speak to Elvira Lind about casting her partner Oscar Isaac against type in 'The Letter Room' - a bittersweet comedy set in a maximum security prison.

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Live Action, Premiere

A Relationship Unravels Upon the Discovery of Hidden Gun in Chloë Wicks’ Tragicomedy ‘Fragile Package’

Chloë Wicks deconstructs modern masculinity in her tragicomedy 'Fragile Package', about a couple who move into a new apartment and discover a gun.

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Live Action, Premiere

Savvas Stavrou Presents a Cautionary Tale of Self-Isolation in Deliciously Dark Comedy ‘A Jar of Nuts’

Savvas Stavrou talks to DN about the tone and style inspirations of ‘A Jar of Nuts’, his wryly dark comedy about the repercussions of social isolation.

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Film Festival, Live Action

A Contemporary Narrative on the African Diaspora Shines Through a Tale of Redemption in Ivan Herrera’s ‘Bantú Mama’

We talk to Ivan Herrera about working with young non-professionals, shooting on a single lens & rejecting the lazy trap of porno-poverty in 'Bantú Mama'.

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Live Action

Justin Doherty & Neil Fox Merge Challenging Cinema With Professional Film Practice in ‘Wilderness’

Justin Doherty & Neil Fox speak to DN about allying professional and emerging filmmakers on the production of their cinematically defiant feature debut.

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Live Action

Mitch Dequilettes Takes a Satirical Swipe at Narcissistic Behaviours in the Indie Film World in ‘Staff Pick’

DN talks to Mitch deQuilettes about the self-referential filmmaking of 'Staff Pick' a dark comedy reality hopping meta-narrative about outsized male egos.

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