In the same room we ask different people the same ten questions (PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE) and film their responses, with the focus on presence in the space and with the person.
Why are you showing me this?
A visual exploration of anxiety that builds to panic when thoughts begin to take over. Channeled through a young woman riding the subway and her battle against her dark thoughts as they arrive though static TV; sending her down a wormhole of inspiration and desperation.
Cast: Vale Abbott Length: 2 min
Where do Ideas come from?
Charts my own creative anxieties as I was trying to put together my film submission for TIFF Instagram X. It’s a journey that takes us down a YouTube wormhole of Bresson, Lynch, and Tarkovsky (Nathan: “I find myself searching and watching videos a lot during that kind of state”), to frantic Google searches, to his footage of a girl in a car, trying to block out her anxious thoughts. The perfect visual summation of what it feels like when you’re searching for that One Great Idea.
Cast: Vale Abbott Length: 1 min
Set in a world where sexual assault is regulated with the use of a card system, Frances, a young woman who has so far avoided being attacked, decides to take control of her own fate. In the wake of the #metoo movement, this highly controversial satirical film offers a scathing indictment of an apathetic legal system and broken policies around violence against women. The film takes the blame issues and excuses surrounding sexual assault to an absolute extreme in the hope of starting a conversation on the topics of rape culture and victim blaming. The short was developed from a nightmare the writer had in which she was being chased by a man holding a rape card. The aim is to start a dialogue and to get people thinking.
A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where she soon discovers that the boys have a sinister power over the girls. As the boys behaviour becomes increasingly threatening she uncovers the source of the girls fear; an ominous locked door at the back of the classroom.
Reflecting on the pressure of living in a crowded city and the effects of trying to store all of the information we think we need.