David's Little Red co-director Laura Lechner writes an update on the status of the short film:
It’s been almost exactly a year since we shot our short film, Little Red. Our cast and crew definitely lucked out, as Minnesota last October was an autumnal paradise (sorry about that early snowstorm, everybody!).
Director of photography Joe Valenzuela and actor Angela Olson shoot a scene from Little Red in the woods of Lindstrom, MN.
After spending all last winter in post-production, we realized our film out into the world this spring. So far, we’ve had the pleasure of screening Little Red at several festivals, including the Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image, NewFilmmakers NY, and the Austin Spotlight Film Festival. And in November, we’ll have another screening in NYC, as we’re an official selection of the New York Short Film Festival.
Co-director Laura Lechner and Artist Forum festival director Amos White V after the Little Red screening.
It’s been a pleasure watching our film on the big screen. Even though I spent hundreds of hours as the editor of the film watching and re-watching (and re-watching and re-watching...) it, it was truly special to see and hear it larger than life, and with an appreciative audience. So far, Little Red has been very well-received. At both NewFilmmakers NY and the Artists Forum festivals, I was able to participate in a Q&A, and the audiences asked thought-provoking questions. One of the joys of art-making is to hear how others interact with your work, and in both my formal and informal discussions with audience members, I gained new insights through different viewer’s interpretations of the film.
Laura with film contributors Nick Buonincontri, Emily Helgerson, and Brad Horras.
At the Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image, David and I were nominated for Best Director. I was proud to accept this recognition on behalf of the two of us, and am happy that our work was recognized out of 40 short films that screened at the festival.
I know both David and I are excited to continue to share Little Red. We’ll keep you posted about any and all opportunities to watch our film. We hope to have a screening in Minneapolis, sometime soon!