May 29 | Author: Mike Plante
Brent Stewart is an artist, photographer and filmmaker who has exhibited his work worldwide, with recent photography shows including the Nike sponsored “Being True,” a selection of 22 contemporary photographers, and Mister Lonely Portraits, exhibited in NY and LA. After receiving his MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, Brent returned to his hometown in Nashville to further pursue film projects through Harmony Korine/agnes b.’s production company, O’Salvation Cine Ltd.
THE DIRTY ONES is about a pair of Mennonite sisters take a road trip to the Deep South with their dead grandmother in the back of their truck.
Tell us briefly about the film’s story, and what it means to you.
THE DIRTY ONES is about two Mennonite sisters who are stranded in an unfamiliar city at night trying to make sense of the modern world, leaving the body of their dead grandmother behind in their abandoned truck-bed. I wanted to show a glimpse into our consumerist, vacant society as through the eyes of aliens, which are the Mennonite sisters. While, at the same time, the sisters have to deal with their own primitive, unconventional mores.
Why did you use the short film format to tell your story?
The short film format can be good to introduce a simple story, tone, style, and characters. Although, many short films can become a bit trite for my taste. I made a short film as an adaptation from a feature length script I wrote a couple of years ago hoping to sway financing to make it into a feature.
Have you seen your film with an audience yet, and how was the reaction?
Yes, at Sundance Film Festival, it’s world premiere. The reaction was good, people approached me afterwards in the street and commented on the film, and I made some new friends.
What do you think the role of a film festival is?
Show unique films, films that may not be seen otherwise in any other context.
Do you gamble?
Depends on the stakes.
Shorts Program 2: Screenings
Friday, June 12 – 10:30 AM
Sunday, June 14 – 5:30 PM