U.S.A., 2012, 84 mins, Color (Sexual Content, Violence, Adult Content, Language, Nudity)
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Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Zach Clark Executive Producers: Kevin Clark, Joan Peacock, Daryl Pittman Producers: Zach Clark, Daryl Pittman, Melodie Sisk Cinematographer: Daryl Pittman Original Music: Fritz Myers Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Lydia Hyslop, Joe Swanberg, Chris Doubek
Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there’s another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she works at the "girl club." In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasia’s world of dance parties, shoplifting and substances! But maybe that’s not what Suzanne’s looking for either…
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U.S.A., France, 2012, 14 mins, Color (Sexual Content, Adult Content, Language)
A 30-year-old American woman enters a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.
Lauren Wolkstein is an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University. She was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. Her short film, The Strange Ones, co-directed with Christopher Radcliff, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and continues to screen at over one hundred film festivals.