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Synopsis: Felipe is a young and eccentric loner whose inner demons have caused him to struggle to communicate and form relationships. One day, he agrees to assist his only friend Jessica in dealing with an abusive relationship, all the while suppressing his own feelings for her. After playing the perpetual second fiddle once again, he realizes he must make a difficult decision to move on, but not before he let’s his big imagination consume him

Language

English

Run Time

20 minutes

Starring

Nicolas Sampedro-Sillmann (Felipe)
Raechel Fisher (Jessica)
Cheryl De Luca (Catarina)
David Provost (Jonah)

Directed by

Mark Datuin

Produced by

Mark Datuin

Composer

Iain Gardner

Cinematographer

Voitek Pendrak

Director's Statement

The film was inspired and written during a strict lockdown in Toronto, and filmed in the very small window of time when the city opened up again for indie productions safely. (We are back in a lockdown at the time of this writing). As independent filmmakers, this was a challenge, adapting to the new rules while worrying about our loved ones from afar. But we persevered and maintained a lot of hope. The film touches upon mental health but focuses more on the adverse affects of internalization without seeking help. While we don’t see the longterm outcome of the lead character, we are left with a sense of hope.

Director's Bio

Mark is an award-winning writer/director/producer. He is also the founder of MAD Resilience Films where he has written, directed and produced 30 short films and theatre productions. In 2014, his film Basted won Best International Film at the Milledgeville Film Festival. That was the first of a slew of accolades he collected for his subsequent films White Lock, Still Closed, and Mismatch and Lighter. He has received over 150 official selections on the festival circuit in France, Germany, Canada, India, the US and the UK. He has also been a featured panelist in Atlanta and Toronto, where he discussed the art of Writing a Short Film, and Diversity in the Film Industry.

Mark made his French-language directorial debut with the dysfunctional family drama “Pardonnez-moi Mon Père” (Forgive Me Father). His latest productions include “Limited”, an examination of a tormented mother’s attempt to reconcile her differences with her abusive son, and “Simple Sense”, an introspective love note to those who are struggling in solitude during the pandemic.

Mark is currently writing his first feature length script, entitled “Valency”.

Production Year

2021

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