Palm Springs International ShortFest, Portland Film Festival

Director's statement

Director's statement

The idea for Subtext was born out of a conversation with a friend over a drink. She described to me a very involved series of events that culminated in a truth that would finally be revealed. What struck me as interesting was how much of the story had been communicated between the parties involved, via texting. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the real feelings are being lost in each text. I thought that this could be a great way to tell a story where the interplay between the texts and the characters’ actions might create unexpected dramatic tension. In the end Subtext is a cautionary tale about the implications of our new reliance on texting to express our most intimate feelings and vulnerabilities, while also giving us the ability to weaponize words in the palm of our hands. - Arnold Pander


Sooner or later, it had to happen: a film whose dialogue is almost exclusively seen, not heard.


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