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Tadeusz Lysiak Interview

The 94th Oscar nominations have been announced, and with the awards happening on March 27. 360 was able to speak with the director of one of the nominated films, Tadeusz Lysiak. “The Dress” is hoping to garner best short film at the event. Topics include the director’s start with film making, the film itself, and his plans for the future.  

1. How did you get into filmmaking?

It all happened after I watched Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino. I was probably 16 years old back then and I remember going out of the theater and having coffee with my family and telling them: I’m gonna be a filmmaker one day. They said that was a great idea and they gave me a lot of advice: they suggested that it’d probably be better if I wouldn’t go to film school just after finishing high school. They reasoned that, “if you’d like to tell stories about life, you’d have to experience life a little at first.” So that’s why I decided to study Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw. And only after finishing… [was when I] applied to Warsaw Film School. And it was the best choice of my life, they taught me everything I know. Warsaw Film School is such a cool place!

2. A lot of your work covers sensitive topics. Why is that?

In WFS they always teach us to ask ourselves what bothers us with the world, what there is to change or repair, and to never tell stories that are not important to us personally. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m deeply interested in sensitive, social, or psychological topics, and that’s why my films are focused on them.

3. Why did you decide to create a film about disability and intimacy?

Because it is something that is not often talked about! I find it deeply disturbing that there are still some prejudices in that territory, and some really bad things are still happening to women with disabilities all around the world. University of Michigan says that 40% of women with any sort of disability are being sexually or physically assaulted during their lifetime. This is absolutely terrifying. 

4. How did you feel when you found out you received an Oscar nomination?

This is such a surreal feeling, especially because “The Dress” is a student project made just to pass an exam in Warsaw Film School. We were all hoping to get a good grade and that’s it. And now we are nominated for an Oscar. This is a story for yet another movie. 

5. How long did the filming process take?

I think you can sum all of it up in roughly one year. At first, it was a couple of months of research and writing the script, then further development, preproduction, and finally 6 days of shooting and three months of postproduction. It was a hard time since we didn’t have a big budget and too many resources.

6. What was your best moment on set?

I must say that the best moment was the last shot. It was 5 AM, we were all so tired and exhausted and I remember that as soon as we finished rolling I started crying, and we all cried so much, and then we hug[ged] each other and drank champagne and it was such a great moment of accomplishment and relief!

7. Who were your favorite people to work with on set?

I just loved everybody. Since it was a student project, most of the crew were my close friends. We were having a lot of fun, but also we worked so hard, driven by our passion to tell this story. I have to thank Konrad Bloch, my cinematographer, who is such a sensitive guy and a true artist. I think of him as an absolute co-author, …as well as Anna Dzieduszycka. It was a huge group effort.

8. Who are your influences?

I think I have many, but the most important ones are certainly: Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Michael Haneke. I believe that all of them did in their films what I would like to do: they looked into people’s minds, they looked at what is hidden, what is repressed.

9. What would you like to accomplish career-wise?

Ultimately, I would like to make films in the US, in English— for the simple reason that I want as many people as possible to watch them. I feel like I need to tell different stories and share them with others. This is a hunger that I cannot satisfy. My focus is now on working on my feature-length debut, which will be a psychological thriller.

10. What should we expect from you in the future? 

My full-length debut is at a fairly advanced stage of development, we are working on the script. The working title is “Obsession.” I have not yet decided whether I will want to do it in Poland or in the States. It’s a universal story, it would work anywhere. The film will tell the story of a young couple whose daughter one day disappears without a trace and both of them begin to fall into madness because of it.

11. Describe “The Dress” in one word.

Desire.

12. What do you want people to take away from “The Dress?”

I would like them to see that there is still a lot of evil in the world. That we still have a lot to fix. And that we should treat eachother with respect and dignity. This is especially important nowadays.

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The Dress

The short film, “The Dress,” which was directed by Tadeusz Lysiak, a student of the Warsaw Film School, has been nominated for the 94th Academy Awards® in the Best Live Action Short Film category. “The Dress” is a poignant story about the desire for love and intimacy, whose short-statured protagonist Anna struggles with social rejection because of her appearance. This is the second Oscar® nomination for its producer, the Warsaw Film School, an educational institution located in the heart of Europe.

Tadeusz Lysiak stated, “This is so surreal, I can’t believe this! I am so grateful to the entire film crew, my producers—Warsaw Film School and all the coproducers and good people that supported us. This is just out of this world. This film is a huge team effort, and it was made with student passion and [a] mission to change the world for the better. Thank you all for supporting us!”

Anna Dzieduszycka (lead actress) stated, “I want to say that I am very proud of us. I never imagined something like this, but now I know that nothing is impossible and it’s a wonderful feeling! Believe in yourself, respect and love each other.”

Working at a roadside motel, Julia doesn’t want to suppress her desire, sexuality, and longing for physical intimacy any longer. When a handsome truck driver comes into her life, her unrealized fantasies begin to come true. But “The Dress” is not just the story of a woman meeting a man. Julia, physically different from the society around her, experiences rejection and bullying. “The Dress” is a universal story about longing that affects everyone, regardless of the barriers and differences that divide us.

The movie was written and directed by Tadeusz Łysiak, a student at the Warsaw Film School. The production has screened at nearly 40 film festivals around the world and has won 18 awards. Awarded at the prestigious Atlanta Film Festival allowed “The Dress” to compete for an Academy Award® nomination. 

The main actress Anna Dzieduszycka hopes that her role will be one step towards changing the perception of individuals like her on-screen: “I wish people stop using the word “otherness”, become more open-minded, and embrace diversity of viewpoints. […] Looks don’t matter. We all have magic inside us.” said Dzieduszycka. Her acting has been recognized at many festivals in Poland and abroad. Anna’s awards include the Grand Prize for Best Actress at Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival

The Oscar-nominated title was created by a team composed mainly of students and graduates of the Warsaw Film School. The director, Tadeusz Łysiak, participated in the prestigious program FUTURE FRAMES—Generation NEXT of European Cinema within Eastern Promises at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is also a winner of the “Discovery Eye” award for Young, Talented Filmmaker at the Polish Film Festival in Chicago. Tadeusz Łysiak’s previous award-winning film “Techno” has had over a million views on YouTube.

The cinematographer, Konrad Bloch, is a graduate of Warsaw Film School. He was recognized for his work as a cameraman on the set of “The Dress,” among others, at the 45th Gdynia Film Festival—the award for Best Cinematography—the Bronze Tadpole at the Energa CAMERIMAGE Festival and the Best Cinematography award at the 38th Sulmona Film Festival.

The film is produced by the co-founder and Chancellor of the Warsaw Film School, director and screenwriter Maciej Ślesicki. He is the producer of many student films, including “Our Curse,” which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2015. “The Dress” was also co-produced by DOBRO, MIŁO, and GŁOŚNO. The project was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. “The Dress” is the only production this year from Poland that is up in the running for an Academy Award®. 

The 94th Academy Awards® ceremony will take place on March 27th at the Dolby Theatre.

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FIAF – ANIMATION FIRST FESTIVAL

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) recently revealed further installments to their 2022 Animation First Festival. FIAF, too, publicized that the animation festival will showcase a virtual programming of the animated film AN AMERICAN TAIL by esteemed filmmaker Don Bluth, with the US debut of the TV special THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, revitalizing one of the earliest novel series of France.

The French animation festival commemorates its fifth anniversary in 2022. This year’s event showcases two programs: in person from February 11-13, and virtually from February 14-21.

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About Animation First   

Serving as the single film festival in the United States that honors French animation, Animation First reviews the impacts of animation film. France serves as Europe’s leading curator and the world’s second runner up producer of animated film. The event aims to educate film lovers on the rich history of animation in France.

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Spotlight: ANDRE COLQUHOUN

Andre Colquhoun is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and musical artist. He can be seen in the Amazon Prime TV series The Expanse, Season 6 Episode 5 as the character Ceres Medic. The role is a minor principal role, but critical to the story, aiding character Josep, played by actor Samer Salem. In addition, Andre will be in the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+ as well as other major TV series.

Aside from acting, Andre has a deep love for filmmaking and music, with both being essential to his work as an artist. He recently created, directed, and starred in the 10-minute short film/music video Short Term. It features gorgeous cinematography, great direction, and grounded performance. The project is soulful, yet multifaceted, with multiple interpretations for the audience to examine and evaluate.

Andre’s ability to perform both in front of and behind the camera is a tremendous, rare talent he looks forward to embracing in future projects.

Andre Colquhoun in 360 magazine article.

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Oh Wonder Surprise Album and Video Release

Oh Wonder, the English alt-pop duo, has today released their beautiful, surprise new album, 22 Break, alongside a stunning short film accompanying the record in full. The album features their newest single, “Rollercoaster Baby,” released yesterday.

The band has also confirmed a now sold-out, global, online broadcast of their recent London show at The Albany, taking place on their YouTube on October 14th at 1pm EST. A 52-date world tour for 2022 is on sale now, following an eventful period for the unique London duo, who just scored back-to-back top 10s with 2020’s No One Else Can Wear Your Crown album, on top of 2.7 billion streams and 1.7 million adjusted album sales.

22 Break is the soundtrack to a band, and couple, almost broken – but ultimately made – by the pandemic. It’s a personal, powerfully honest account of those universal breakup themes like loneliness, inadequacy, resentment, and fears for the future, as heightened by making music from your shed in lockdown. In the pandemic’s early phases, Anthony and Josephine worked hard to fill the void created by 2020. Anthony decided to open a coffee shop in Peckham called Nola, which soon saw round-the-block queues and put many of their touring crew back in work. As they started working on new music, however, all the unspoken tensions between a pair who’d never really known a relationship outside of the band tumbled out. Ultimately, though, the album that almost ended Oh Wonder proved to be the making of them: 22 Break is a cathartic, quietly hopeful project, the light at the end of the tunnel that was Oh Wonder’s quite particular pandemic.

Not many bands can make a break-up album that culminates in them tying the knot – but then again, Oh Wonder have never been like other bands. Coming out of 22 Break and all the soul-searching that it forced them to do, Josephine and Anthony got married in August this year. Whilst their relationship now has its own space to exist outside of Nola and Oh Wonder, the duo’s crossroads period has accidentally resulted in their most profound work to date. Opening up to their fans and each other, the ‘Make or Break?’ poised by 22 Break is not so much a question as an active choice – to be as honest as possible, to move forward, and to begin a brand new chapter in the story of Oh Wonder.

OH WONDER – 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
MAY 08 2022 // HISTORY, TORONTO, ON
MAY 10 2022 // MTELUS, MONTREAL, QC
MAY 11 2022 // HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON, MA
MAY 13 2022 // 9.30 CLUB, WASHINGTON, D.C.
MAY 14 2022 // THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS (TLA), PHILADELPHIA, PA
MAY 15 2022 // BROOKLYN STEEL, BROOKLYN, NY
MAY 17 2022 // THE VIC THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
MAY 18 2022 // FIRST THEATRE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MAY 20 2022 // OGDEN THEATRE, DENVER, CO
MAY 21 2022 // THE DEPOT, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
MAY 23 2022 // SHOWBOX SODO, SEATTLE, WA
MAY 24 2022 // VOGUE THEATER, VANCOUVER, BC
MAY 25 2022 // ROSELAND THEATER, PORTLAND, OR
MAY 28 2022 // FOX THEATER, OAKLAND, CA
MAY 29 2022 // HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM, CA
MAY 31 2022 // THE WILTERN, LOS ANGELES, CA

OH WONDER DROPS NEW TRACK “DON’T LET THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HEAR”

SURPRISE ALBUM 22 BREAK OUT OCTOBER 8TH

Oh Wonder has released brand new track “Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” – a further preview of surprise new album “22 Break,” which is set for release on October 8th. The project was launched recently by its powerful title track, and swiftly followed by news of a 52-date world tour for 2022 (an intimate London date at The Albany Theatre this week sold out in seconds and will be streamed globally on October 14th). All this is the unique duo’s first new material since 2020’s “No One Else Can Wear Your Crown,” and back-to-back top 10 albums from the band who have—on their own distinct terms—become one of UK pop’s more unsuspecting success stories (2.7 billion streams, 1.7 million adjusted album sales, and vocal fans in the likes of Billie Eilish, who covered “All We Do” during her Apple documentary).

“Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” is an emotive highlight of 22 Break, a soundtrack to screaming fights (and keeping them from next-door) amidst the pressures of the pandemic. This tumultuous and deeply personal time in their private lives is the subject of Oh Wonder’s fifth studio album, which they shared news of recently in characteristically open style. It’s a brutally honest and powerfully beautiful record, and one that lets listeners into the Oh Wonder fold like never before. As Josephine puts it: “We were just writing songs. We had no idea we were writing a break-up album.”

“22 Break” is a portal into the emotional states surrounding “Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” and the life-changing, universal breakup themes (loneliness, inadequacy, resentment, fears for the future) as experienced in real-time by one couple in their garden shed. In the pandemic’s early phases, Anthony and Josephine worked hard to fill the gap created by the halting effects of lockdown: Anthony even decided to open a coffee shop in Peckham (the gorgeous, meticulously designed Nola), which soon saw round-the-block queues and put many of their touring crew back in work. As they started working on new music, however, all the unspoken tensions between a pair who’d never really known a relationship outside of the band tumbled out. Ultimately, though, the album that almost ended Oh Wonder proved to be the making of them: “22 Break” is a cathartic, quietly hopeful project, the light at the end of the tunnel that was Oh Wonder’s quite particular pandemic.

Not many bands can make a break-up album that culminates in them tying the knot, but then again, Oh Wonder have never been like other bands. Coming out of “22 Break” and all the soul-searching that it forced them to do, Josephine and Anthony finally got married in August this year. Whilst their relationship now has its own space to exist outside of Nola and Oh Wonder, the duo’s crossroads period has accidentally resulted in their most profound work to date.

“It’s awkward, it’s vulnerable, but it also saved us,” adds Josephine. True to their DIY spirit, Oh Wonder has since thrown themselves into a stunning short film that will accompany the full album and is previewed in the visuals unveiled thus far. Oh Wonder also played a very special, one-off show at The Albany Theatre in London yesterday, which sold out in seconds, ahead of a global YouTube stream on October 14th.

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Puma Blue – Phone Calls Short Film

PUMA BLUE PRESENTS PHONE CALLS: A SHORT FILM A LOVE LETTER TO HIS LIVE BAND

OUT 8/26 VIA BLUE FLOWERS / [PIAS] RECORDINGS

+ WATCH PHONE CALLS: A SHORT FILM HERE

+ LISTEN TO COVER OF RADIOHEAD’S ALL I NEED HERE

+ PRE-ORDER DELUXE EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM, IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS, OUT NOVEMBER 5TH

+ NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN TOURS ANNOUNCED

Magic hour R&B – The FADER

A prodigious talent with greatness in his sights – Complex

A hazy dreamland for listeners to get lost in – NME

Jazz-tinged late hours soul to languid hip-hop beats, music of real tension and originality – The Sunday Times

Puma Blue processes [his] pain with a hypnotic tenderness – Billboard

Puma Blue won widespread critical acclaim with the release of his debut LP In Praise of Shadows earlier this year. Described by NME as a brief moment of relief for those lost in the darkness the album found his storytelling at its most honest and vulnerable to date whilst his production reached new heights whilst retaining its characteristic bedroom intimacy.

Yet for all the intimacy of his voicemail-ballads on record, his songs carry a different resonance in live setting a mix of improvisation, in-the-moment escapism, and the collective power of an audience taking his music to new heights. It’s something the producer & vocalist, real name Jacob Allen, has had a lot of time to reflect on in the last year, the absence of touring and a move to Atlanta, GA giving him the time and distance to fully appreciate the importance of the record vs. live dichotomy to the way his work is perceived, experienced and felt.

Today, he pays tribute to his band, Harvey Gran (sax, keys, co-production), Cameron Dawson (bass), and Ellis Dupuy (drums) with the release of Phone Calls: A Short Film. Featuring live content, rehearsals, jam sessions, and behind-the-scenes footage, Phone Calls, which was directed & edited by Allen himself, puts a spotlight on each member’s contribution to the wider Puma Blue experience and allows them to reflect on their work together through a series of conversations recorded over the last year spent apart.

The resulting short film captures the spark of four young musicians whose telepathy allows them to become more than the sum of their parts. Yet it’s more than just music. The mini-doc highlights the otherwise unspoken bonds of friendship that make performing these often introspective songs such a life-affirming experience.

Jacob says, As beautiful as I could make something on my own, it could never compare to what these beautiful boys bring to it. Not just because they’re incredible musicians who are really connected to the spirit of music, but it’s more that live music is such an untameable thing. It’s such a deeper spectrum.

The release of Phone Calls also marks the announcement of Puma Blue’s biggest tours to date and the release of a Deluxe Edition of In Praise of Shadows, due out November 5th. The deluxe edition features the original album, boosted by eight live recordings mostly taken from rehearsals in early 2021, and two b-sides. With limited opportunities for people to hear the album in a live setting, this represents an intimate first glimpse at the magic unique to the full band arrangements.

The Deluxe Edition is completed by two new bedroom studio recordings with new single All I Need (a Radiohead cover) perfectly extending the album’s small hours spirit, the raw emotion of Puma Blue’s voice growing in tandem with the scale of the initially skeletal production, and the previously unreleased Postcard From Tokyo exploring loneliness with brutal honesty and a sparse acoustic atmosphere. The Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order here as a digital deluxe record along with a limited-run standalone bonus B-Sides & Live Versions vinyl.

Puma Blue can also now announce details of his first full tours since the album was released. Joined by his live band, Puma Blue will trek North America this November, before returning to Europe in February 2022. The UK dates include a homecoming show at the Brixton Electric on March 3rd. Tickets go on general sale today (UK & Europe) and tomorrow (N. America) here

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Halsey × IMAX – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

IMAX EXPERIENCE HALSEY PRESENTS IF I CAN’T HAVE LOVE, I WANT POWER PREMIERES IN U.S. AUGUST 25 AND INTERNATIONALLY ON AUGUST 26

Tickets Go On Sale August 3

Halsey’s New Album, Produced By Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross, Set For August 27 Release

IMAX Experience: Halsey Presents If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power will premiere in select IMAX theatres in the U.S. on Wednesday, August 25, and internationally on Thursday, August 26, for one night only. See below for cities.

The hour-long film experience, set to the music of Halsey’s forthcoming album of the same name, was written by Halsey, and directed by Colin Tilley. View the new trailer HERE.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, August 3. For further details, visit the website. Set for August 27 release via Capitol Records, Halsey’s new album was produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Halsey penned all of the album’s songs. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is available for pre-order now on Halsey’s store.

About Halsey

Halsey has amassed more than 31 billion combined global streams to date, including more than 12.5 billion U.S. streams, and sold nearly 17 million adjusted album units worldwide.

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power follows Manic, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart. It was the first album of 2020 to be certified Platinum in the U.S. and attained Platinum certification in numerous other countries also.

Halsey continues to push creative boundaries, exerting an influence and impact beyond music. Her first book, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry, debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers list last November. Named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, they have won over 20 awards, including an AMA, MTV VMA, GLAAD Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award and a CMT Music Award. Halsey recently introduced about-face, a multi-dimensional makeup line for made for everyone. Halsey continues to speak up for important causes such as disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of June 30, 2021, there were 1,654 IMAX theater systems (1,569 commercial multiplexes, 12 commercial destinations, 73 institutional) operating in 85 countries and territories. Shares of IMAX China Holding, Inc., a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code HK.1970.

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Luciela

“Luciela,” an incredibly moving short film about a young girl who gets reminded how her family has been torn apart on her favorite holiday, premiered today on the PBS Short Film Festival running from July 12-23. The film, directed by Erin Ploss-Campoamor, is available now on all PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and the PBS Video App and is a co-production of Mare’s Hoof Production and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).  Click HERE to watch Luciela. The short tells the story of a fiercely independent Mexican-American girl who loves the 4th of July because every year her Papi throws a huge party. He does one of the best firework shows in Lincoln Heights, their immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles which delights all. But this year he can’t, because he’s been deported. So Luciela decides to set off a few sparks of her own. 

“I first conceived of this story a few years ago. A friend invited me to her home in Lincoln Heights, to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. If you are not familiar with Lincoln Heights, it is a mostly Latinx, mostly immigrant neighborhood, up in the hills of Los Angeles,” shared filmmaker Erin Ploss-Campoamor. “It felt especially poignant that I was experiencing this in a predominantly Latinx neighborhood, knowing that immigrant rights were actively under threat and xenophobia was on the rise. I loved that this community was celebrating our country’s Independence Day so loudly and proudly. Filling the sky, saying, “See us! Hear us! We are here! From that experience, the seeds of this story were planted.”

“Luciela” represents the experiences of many children whose families live in the shadow of deportation,” shares Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “Sadly, this is an unfortunate reality in our country. Latino Public Broadcasting is proud to work with Erin Ploss-Campoamor to bring films such as “Luciela” to the forefront and hopefully create a better understanding of these divisive issues and the consequences to our young children.” 

The festival features 25 short-form independent films presented in six categories: culture, family, humanity, identity, race and society. And for the first time in the festival’s history, all 25 films will be presented in virtual reality, accessible on any VR device. Audiences can also use a computer without a headset and still look around 360 degrees.

About The PBS Short Film Festival

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2021 festival carries the tagline “A Decade of Being Seen” as a reminder that the festival has always striven to amplify the untold stories of America.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 12, audiences can watch and share all 25 films. In addition, a panel of nine jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize. Jury members are respected professionals in independent film and public media and were invited by PBS to participate.

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LAUREN JENKINS EP – MILES ON ME PART 1

“I will always be proud of my first record,” says Lauren Jenkins, “but MILES ON ME is what I hoped NO SAINT could be from start to finish.” MILES ON ME (told in three parts) picks up where NO SAINT left off, telling the unapologetic, brutally honest next chapter of Jenkins’ story.

In 2020 Jenkins and her then-record label parted ways, giving her an independence that she hadn’t had in nearly seven years. “I finally had the freedom to write, record, produce and tell my story exactly the way I wanted to,” she says. “It’s strange to hear your own voice and realize you’ve been whispering for a long time. With this realization, the sparks ignited. I called on my friends and collaborators to make this record with me, and it’s been one of the most beautiful processes of my life.”

Jenkins has been a touring artist since she was 15 years old. The Texas-born, Carolina-raised artist chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion. Named an “Artist to Watch” by the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora, and many more, she was also chosen as a member of the “Class of 2019” by influential radio DJ Bobby Bones, and made her TODAY Show debut as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month. An accomplished actress and filmmaker, Lauren wrote, produced, and starred in an original short film titled Running Out of Road that accompanied the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album, NO SAINT, on Big Machine Records. In May of 2020, she released “Ain’t That Hard,” her first song as a fully independent artist.

MILES ON ME, PART 1

Track Listing

  1. LIKE YOU FOUND ME
  2. SHE’S A STAR
  3. MILES ON ME (FEAT. DAVID RAMIREZ)
  4. MY OWN ADVICE