SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 FLIES COLLECTIVE FILM GRANT. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO APPLIED. WE WILL BEGIN REVIEWING APPLICATIONS AND WILL ANNOUNCE WINNERS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.
NETTLES | DIRECTOR: RAVEN JACKSON
Nettles are stinging plants. This short film is comprised of seven chapters, each exploring stinging moments in the lives of different girls and women.
World Premiere: 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest
Raven Jackson is a filmmaker and poet currently attending NYU's Graduate Film Program. In her work, gray areas of life are often detailed. She is particularly interested in stories which add texture to the pivotal experience of coming-of-age and/or into one's sexuality. NETTLES is her fifth narrative short film and she's currently developing a feature-length script exploring coming-of-age themes in the American South. Her book of poetry, Little Violences, is available from Cutbank Literary Magazine. Raven is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School's Writing Program.
producer: MARIA ALTAMIRANO
cinematography: JOMO FRAY
production design: ALI KASHFI
WHERE THE BOYS ARE | DIRECTOR: JOSHUA GLEASON
Three lonely souls converge at a virtual reality sex clinic, in a future where digital pleasure has replaced physical intimacy and relationships. Currently in pre-production.
Joshua Gleason is a filmmaker and founding member of the Spirit Farm film collective. He has written, directed, and shot several short films that have screened at international art and film festivals. He has collaborated below-the-line on acclaimed micro-budget films like Matt Porterfield’s PUTTY HILL and Andrew Ahn’s SPA NIGHT. Josh received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). WHERE THE BOYS ARE will be his feature directorial debut.
producers: ALEXANDRA BYER, GIULIA CARUSO
cinematography: KI JIN KIM
THE EARTHENWARE HEAD | DIRECTOR: JARED HUTCHINSON
An experimental and ethereal feature, loosely based on biographical stories from Sylvia Plath’s life with her husband, Ted Hughes, in which a woman receives a package that haunts her. Currently in post-production.
Jared Hutchinson holds a B.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a video editor. THE EARTHENWARE HEAD marks his feature directorial debut.
cinematography: BEN LOUIS NICHOLAS
cast: KATE LYN SHEIL, LAWRENCE MICHAEL LEVINE, KAYLA MURRAY, JONATHAN GEAN
THE CURE FOR FEAR | DIRECTOR: LANA WILSON
A scientist in Amsterdam says she has found the cure for fear, and it's as simple as a ten-minute session and a little white pill. This documentary short captures an iconoclastic scientist as she conducts intense and dramatic treatment sessions with patients trying to overcome traumatic experiences. Currently in production.
Lana Wilson's first feature film, AFTER TILLER, premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and controversy. It went on to a fifty-city theatrical release and won the Emmy Award® for Best Documentary. Her follow-up, THE DEPARTURE, recently premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to unanimous praise and is still touring the festival circuit. She works in television in a variety of capacities, has taught master classes and workshops at UnionDocs and DCTV, and has given lectures at a range of contemporary art and film institutions. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.
cinematography: EMILY TOPPER