SHOEGAZER (18 minutes, Super 16mm, 2010)

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At the end of a long night at her punk-rock bar, all Lucy wants to do is meet up with her boyfriend Randall who she suspects is cheating on her. But when Lucy discovers Amber, a 15-year-old girl, passed out in a bathroom stall, she finds she’s stuck with her.

An unsuccessful attempt to dump Amber at a hospital leads to a long night involving a showdown outside a strip club, a screaming match with an irate soccer mom and a Trans Am covered in puke. Through it all, Lucy’s bravado and sexy swagger are a revelation to the young girl, and as the night wears on, it becomes clear that this chance encounter may be just what each of them needed.

Awards & Screenings

AWARD WINNER DGA (Directors Guild of America)
– Jury Prize in the category Best Student Film Directed by a Woman
AUDIENCE CHOICE WINNER, Best Short Film – 360 | 365 Film Festival, Rochester NY
UCLA AWARD WINNER – Best Editing, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA AWARD WINNER – Directors Spotlight, Los Angeles, CA

AUSTIN Film Festival, Austin, TX
INDIE MEMPHIS Film Festival, Memphis, TN
BUMBERSHOOT 1 REEL Music and Arts Festival, Seattle, WA
VICTORIA Film Festival, Victoria, BC CANADA
POWFest, Portland Women’s Film Festival, Portland, OR
OMAHA Film Festival, Omaha NE
SONOMA Film Festival, Sonoma, CA
360 | 365 Film Festival, Rochester, NY
Waterfront Film Festival, Saugatuck, MI

Trailer

Director’s Statement

I wanted to make a film about a female superhero, an icon, a rock star. Women like Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Tina Turner, Courtney Love; women who showed other women it’s ok to be loud and powerful, angry and sexy, smart and insecure. Lucy is our unlikely superhero. She’s a bartender who’s been disappointed in love too many times to remember. She thinks she may have found something real with Randall, but when she suspects him of cheating, she wonders is he really the one, or is he just the latest in a long line of disappointments?

Amber, 15 years-old, pretty but insecure, meets Lucy when a boy she likes abandons her at Lucy’s club. Amber will do anything to avoid going home to her overbearing parents. Traversing the city late at night, Lucy is a revelation to Amber – Lucy goes after what she wants, doesn’t take any crap and, inadvertently, she shows Amber that no matter how tough you are, everyone just wants to love, and be loved in return.

SHOEGAZER is a big short film about trust, love, standing up for yourself, the kindness of strangers, and the magic of one long night in the big city…

Written and Directed by Amy Adrion
Produced by Alexandra Fisher, Sharon Hill, Amy Adrion
Executive Producer Miranda July
Director of Photography Tobias Datum
Editor Amy Adrion, Karen Smalley
Additional Editor Harry Jierjian
Composer Sean Eden
Production Designer Mandy Siu
Costume Designer Tera Struck
Make-up Artist Sonia Alves-Dias
Casting Director Michelle Taylor

Cast

Lucy Phalana Tiller
Amber Remy Nozik
Brett Devin Keaton
Peggy Andrea Kelley
Ken Ben Peyser
Benny James P. Luna
Todd John Pimentel
Sanchez Tyler Meahl
James Christopher Naab
Hospital Doctor Alexandra Fisher
Jamie Andre Mallette
Strip Club Patron # 1 Sean King
Strip Club Patron # 2 Elvin Chacon
Stripper Carmen Corral
Mrs. Meyerson Betsy Baker
Randall Sean Eden