Playlist
May 11th, 2018

Mill artists were involved in five films which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The annual event, which takes place in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, brings together filmmakers and audiences to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With roots in independent film, the festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

Take a look at the fantastic films, we helped to create and stay tuned for more on these projects in the near future.

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BLOWIN' UP | DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Directed and written by Stephanie Wang-Breal; Produced by Carrie Weprin
Opening Title Sequence created by Kinda Akash, Creative Director at The Mill NY

Synopsis: In a courtroom in Queens, women facing prostitution charges may earn a chance at redemption thanks to an experimental program established by a team of rebel heroines working to change the system.

Kinda Akash, Creative Director at The Mill NY, led the team of talented Mill artists in creating a title sequence that would work to set the tone and introduce key themes for the film, including an exploration of gaze, complicity, abandonment, and absence. Subtle and restrained, the sequence pulls viewers into a series of spaces normally inhabited by humans, but captured in their absence, only to be pulled out of them. Kinda sought to play up the idea that these empty scenes are the object of both the camera’s and the audience’s gaze: implicating both.

She shares, “At every stage of this project, from meeting Stephanie and Carrie and being briefed, to collaborating on the titles and posters, to the announcement of its Tribeca premiere, I’ve been screaming euphorically on the inside and out. It’s a rare occurrence to work with a group of women who are making content about women helping other women. Giving voice to, and dignifying those who can’t is a beautiful thing, and Stephanie has done just that in her film. This type of solidarity and support is intersectional feminism at its best – and is fundamental to our progress as humans as a whole. Angela Davis said it best, ‘We must always attempt to lift as we climb.’”



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OBEY | INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION

Directed and written by Jamie Jones; Produced by Emily Jones, Ross Williams
Graded by Mikey Rossiter, Colourist at The Mill NY 

Synopsis:In the midst of London riots, Leon grapples with the stark reality of his life and his relationship with his alcoholic mother while falling in love for the first time. Starring Marcus Rutherford, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sam Gittens, T'Nia Miller, James Atwell.

Closely collaborating with DP Albert Salas and Director Jamie Jones, Mikey Rossiter, Colourist at The Mill NY, worked to set a palette that was gritty and muted, just like London. The film was awarded Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film. The jury commented, “For its original, daring image-making that, along with bold direction, invites the viewer inside the tense circumstances of its characters lives, we have chosen Albert Salas as best cinematographer for his moving work on the film Obey.”



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LITTLE WOODS | U.S. NARRATIVE COMPETITION

Directed and written by Nia DaCosta; Produced by Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig
Graded by Mikey Rossiter, Colourist at The Mill NY

Synopsis:In this dramatic thriller set in the fracking boomtown of Little Woods, North Dakota, two estranged sisters are driven to extremes when their mother dies, leaving them with one week to pay back her mortgage. Starring Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick. 

Mikey worked closely with DP Matt Mitchell to closely emulate a look reminiscent of Kodak stock of the 70’s. Director Nia DaCosta received with The Nora Ephron Award, honoring excellence in storytelling by a woman writer and/or director embodying the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker. The jury commented, “Jury Comment: "For its sure-footed storytelling featuring an unconventional heroine who pushes past expectations of what is bravery in a woman’s life or in cinema. In watching this portrait of a woman at a crossroads in small-town America, we found ourselves wanting to see more stories from this filmmaker and more of her vision of a woman in the world. We chose writer-director Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods."



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LOVE-40 | SHORT NARRATIVE

Directed and written by Harry Israelson; Produced by Sonja Mereu
Graded by Mikey Rossiter, Colourist at The Mill NY

Synopsis:A friendly tennis match between Alice and Andy takes an abrupt turn when Alice goes to retrieve a stray tennis and is bitten by a rattlesnake. Starro Lola Kirke, Jack Henry Robbins.



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LET THEM DIE LIKE LOVERS | SHORT FILM | INTO THE VOID

Directed by Jesse Atlas; Produced by Kai De Mello Folsom
Graded by Josh Bohoskey, Colourist at The Mill NY

Synopsis: A body-jumping soldier grapples with the morality of her missions in this emotionally charged sci-fi thriller.