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Toronto International Film Fest, Arizona International Film Festival

Director's statement

Director's statement

This film was under ‘willing duress’ from the start. We wanted to prove a point in this very competitive market: you just need some smarts and an air tight work ethic to make an interesting film. Film at its best is about ideas and relatable emotion. Let that be the end of budget and time constraints. When you start to think of what you can do for $1000, you quickly realize the script can save you. I focused on films that we all deeply admired the dialogue of (because dialogue doesn’t need lighting!) and why those films work. Ideas and philosophies don’t inherently cost money so they bode well for indie filmmaking. That seemed like the highest bar to work towards. I wrote the film round the clock in twelve days. We were shooting three weeks later. Every word we said is in the original script. It felt mischievous to do it that way, to not belabor the process with second-guessing and rewrites. Just write it and shoot it.

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Plays out like the reverse-shot and the missing dialogue track from Malick's To The Wonder.

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