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DEGNZ member Hannah Marshall’s Frankie Jean & The Morning Star screened at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia’s largest local and international short film competition. The film is currently screening to regional audiences around Australia as part of the Flickerfest Best of International Shorts National Tour.

Frankie Jean & The Morning Star was written and directed by Hannah Marshall and edited by member Luke Haigh. After the All Blacks lose the Rugby Championship, a devastated, rugby-obsessed 8 year old girl sneaks out to practice and stumbles across a teenager about to end his life.

Director and member Mia Maramara’s project Only Human is part of season 8 of the award-winning Loading Docs initiative. Only Human is an animated short film that asks the question: Is it possible to break up with your family?

They say you can’t choose your family, but can you overcome irreconcilable differences with those you love the most? The youngest daughter of an unconventional Filipino family explores the complexities of communicating across countries, generations and the internet.

Starting with crowdfunding campaigns, Loading Docs has announced eight new short documentaries by eight filmmaking teams. Brought together under the theme of Tūmanako/Hope, Loading Docs invites audiences to get behind the crowdfunding stage by supporting the creation of important Aotearoa stories. In a time of upheaval, filmmakers have opted to make documentary projects with themes that are personal to them.

But first, the filmmakers must raise $3,500 on homegrown website Boosted.org.nz to unlock further funding from Loading Docs. It’s an all or nothing campaign running from today until April 15. If filmmakers don’t raise the funds, the documentary won’t get made. To find out more visit: www.loadingdocs.net/tumanako

Congratulations are in order for the team behind Pain that includes director and Incubator alumna Anna Duckworth and editor Brendon Chan. The short, funded under the NZ Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts, has been selected for three international film festivals this month.

Their short drama will have its North American premiere in April at the Aspen Shortsfest, followed by the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior and the Busan International Short Film Festival.

A Girl Called Elvis

Wellington filmmakers Miles Wilson (DEGNZ) and Lindsay Christopherson are hoping to raise funds for their project A Girl Called Elvis. The short film about two siblings growing closer through a family quest is expected to begin filming in mid-April 2021.

When 10 year old Ellie hears that her father is back in town, she convinces her half-sister Carol to help her reconnect with him. Together with Carol’s boyfriend Dion, they set off on their journey.

Funds raised through Boosted will pay for cast and crew wages, gear, locations, production design and rentals. Supporting the filmmakers through donations or by sharing the project is appreciated!

You can find out more on Boosted here.

Short thriller The Push, directed by DEGNZ member Kyan Krumdieck, is crowd-funding on Boosted. Director Kyan, writer Tom Sainsbury and their team are seeking a total of $12,000 in production funds. Now they have 11 days to make the remainder of their goal so they can start making their film.

Dan and Tash are on a long multi-day tramp in the remote Southern Alps. Near the end of one day, Tash has a terrible shock. Someone was just pushed off that cliff! But when Dan looks up all he sees is a distant figure. They rush to help the fallen person, but they can’t find any sign of anyone having fallen to their death.

Having only seen a distant silhouette man, and no other evidence to support what Tash says she saw, Dan’s doubts fester. It’s getting dark and he insists they continue to the hut for the night. There is a single man waiting for them. Tash is convinced they are in the company of a murderer, and Dan is forced to decide what he really thinks is going on.

The scabs are ripped off the couple’s fundamental problems, revealing how inaction and disbelief can make you complicit in something terrible.

The Push is a moody thriller about who you choose to believe and why.

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