Learn More About NFF18 Short Films "Dotty" and "Crazy Love"

You may have combed through the exciting list of NFF18 features, but have you explored our shorts?

We spoke with the filmmakers of both Dotty (Shorts Program I, Dir: Mick Andrews & Brett O'Gorman) and Crazy Love (Shorts Program II, Dir: Alexandra Brodsky) to learn more about their films.

Both stories deal with connection: Dotty is the story of a stubborn old lady who struggles to send a text message to her daughter, and Crazy Love tells the story of a young couple in love, their very different ideas about the future, and a pirate's party.

Dotty's Mick Andrews:

NFF: Is this short based on your own life and/or family?

Andrews: Not directly, no.  Although I had definitely experienced the frustration that comes with teaching an older person (OK fine, my Mum) to use technology.  When I wrote this, Brett and I had just finished a third draft of a TV pilot set in a nursing home so old people were wandering about in my head at the time – trying desperately to find an exit.

NFF: Do you think the way we communicate now enhances or changes intimacy?

Andrews: Hmmm, that’s deep.  I personally think the more we communicate with each other over the internet instead of face to face the more likely we are to become alienated, disconnected and lonely.  I read a study recently that found that teenagers who spend more time on the internet are more prone to depression.  Call me a luddite, but I think there’s no substitute for a beer and a bit of banter.

NFF: Do you have any plans to turn this short into a feature?

Andrews: That would be one heck of a magic trick.  Yeah, Brett and I are currently generating ideas for a feature film set in a nursing home.  It’s bringing up a lot of exciting themes and layered characters for us to explore.

NFF: What's coming up next for you?

Andrews: Brett and I are applying for public funding for a new short film in a month’s time.  As I said, I’m working on a feature in a nursing home which Brett will help me with.  Brett is working on a compelling idea for a feature set a couple centuries ago, which I’ll help him with.  So there’s some exciting stuff on the horizon.

Crazy Love's Alexandra Brodsky:

NFF: How do you approach telling a story in a short differently than a feature?

Brodsky: Generally I think of a short film as having different story telling conventions than a feature. I'm not trying to pack a whole "story arc" into 10 minutes, so it's really an opportunity to describe a moment, a detail...maybe a more ephemeral idea or mood.

NFF: Was there any room for input or improvisation from the actors? How did you know they were the right actors for the part/s?

Brodsky: While I usually encourage actors to improvise, this short was 100% scripted. Of course the actors brought his/her unique rhythm and physicality to the roles. Michael Esper appeared in my feature, Bittersweet Place, and I wrote the male lead specifically for him. I adore his ability to play comedy with tremendous commitment and earnestness. Natalia I met later...I responded to her earnest quality, too--the two characters in the film are extremely earnest so this was a quality I sought in the actors.

NFF: What should NFF audiences take away from the film?

Brodsky: I'd love for the audience to wonder what will become of this couple. What will occur just after the last frame?

NFF: What's next for you?

Brodsky: I'm presently developing a script called American Bollywood based on my experience as a Bollywood screenwriter. I'vebeen shooting a documentary about my father, the painter, Stan Brodsky. And my babies, Samuel and Ava were born in January and they've been keeping me pretty busy too!