Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

Lost Touch

Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 PM

Shorts Block: Acts of Vulnerability
Muriel Lee | Cayce, SC | 11 min
Genre: Student Film

Ellie, a young woman about to leave her home and her childhood, is caught up in a search for an artifact from her past. Restlessly, she searches for that one thing that was precious to her as a child, unable to leave until her search is finished.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Muriel Lee:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was raised in Greenville, SC and went to school in Columbia. Wherever I end up, South Carolina will always be my first home.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
As I was nearing the end of college and approaching adulthood (college was basically an extension of childhood, as I see it) I had to come to terms with growing up and it occurred to me how crazy it all was — to go from being a child in a total state of bliss or else entirely brief  moments of unhappiness to launch into being a rational, more or less, minded person. And the finality of it all really got to me. Once you’re in adulthood, it seems like you were never a kid — that phase of your life could have happened in a far off planet in another existence. For all I know kids are basically aliens (to me, at least — I think they’re so weird! In a good way, not unlike unicorns). Anyways, I just missed, so much, being a kid. So I thought of this idea of someone who goes looking for her childhood. That is where Lost Touch came from.

3. How did you start making films?

I started making films because I needed a way to tell the ideas I had. It could have been anything, I think, but painting was too loose of a form for me and writing was too rigid. Filmmaking seems like the right blend of creativity and process.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

The most interesting shoot was 100% on location at His House Thrift Store in Columbia. The store is basically this massive playground filled with so much interesting stuff. We filmed while the store was open to customers, and just had to find nooks where there wasn’t too much foot traffic. I remember once we were literally ready to press record, the actors were all ready to go, and this little old man going about a mile an hour walked through our shot with his cart to get to a lamp he was eyeing up. He was oblivious of our entire set up — lights, dolly rig and all. He was so funny! It was also at His House that I locked my keys in my car while we were packing up our equipment and the incredibly nice fellows who worked at the store had to help me break into my car with a wire coat hanger. They really saved the day.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I’m looking forward to being reunited with  my crew! Apart from Joaquin, our production manager, who is back in Peru. We’ll just have to go and visit his wonderful country to see him I guess, oh well.

6. Why should someone see your film?

If you’ve ever grown up and missed being a kid, you might like it.

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All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
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My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
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Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us