Thursday, April 12 at 10:15 PM
Friday, April 13 at 10:30 PM
Shorts Block: Late-Night Mixtape
Emma Debany | Ridgefield, CT | 8 min
Genre: Narrative Short
In the dead of night, a man wanders into a copy shop to make flyers for his lost cat, only to find himself in a hallucinatory netherworld where nothing is what it seems. What could happen if he stays here forever?Buy Tickets 04/12 Buy Tickets 04/13
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
1. What is your connection to the South?
I attended college at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. I grew up in Connecticut so living in the south for 4 years was pretty interesting — I’ve spent many hours roadtripping up and down the east coast to get to and from school over breaks so I’ve seen the south shift to the north and the north shift to the south many times. So crazy that you can just drive and drive and get to a whole different part of the country! I always heard about Indie Grits in college since it was a southeast-local festival, and was finally was able to submit festival-worthy to it.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
A mix of The Twilight Zone, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Kentucky Route Zero, Cronenberg, Carpenter, Tim + Eric, the 90s, video synths, corporate aesthetics, 24-hour nighttime vibes, fluorescence, feedback loops, repetition, voids, loss, fear, moving on, your heart digging in your heels but your mind dragging you forward for your own good.
3. How did you start making films?
Like most directors, I’ve always been attracted to cameras and being bossy. I understood cameras immediately, which I liked, because it seemed like no one else could figure them out, and usually I was the one who couldn’t figure out all the stuff that other people liked. I liked that I could record something and people would understand it as I saw it, which was something I had a hard time feeling when I was younger. I did, and still do, love the slight vanity in A) recording yourself, playing yourself back on a screen, and feel yourself formally validated, almost like reaffirming your permanence as an object in the world, and B) recording anything else and feel yourself, your voice, artistically validated, since a camera is a tool for cutting together a point of view so others understand it, one way or another. Also, creating things that didn’t exist in the world before is super fun, and forcing your friends to act on camera is (still) the most fun thing ever. It was everything I wanted and needed as a kid, and as I got older I learned how to control my voice and style better, and now am trying to make a living out of it.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
We had cast a live cat (that was cut out of the final edit). It was cockeyed and it’s name was Zander Van Staggs. It’s owner was named Catfish Staggs. Zander often rode in Catfish’s bike basket on a leash. The two of them were the most beloved cast members by far.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Making friends with other filmmakers and watching a bunch of amazing films!
6. Why should someone see your film?
It’s different and unusual, but not so different that you’re like “geez, we get it, ur weird”
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All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
An Accidental Drowning
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Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
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Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
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F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
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Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
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My Body Is Not My Own
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Prayer for Roy Moore
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Serpents and Doves
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