Cast: Kingston Alvarez, Nicoye Banks, Shavez Frost
Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.
A.V. ROCKWELL is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York. Hailed as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her distinctive voice has been celebrated for slyly addressing issues of race, family, identity, and systematic oppression.
Rockwell studied filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she was awarded full scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow. She was later handpicked to direct The Gospel, a music-driven short film commissioned by singer/songwriter Alicia Keys. Rockwell has received additional fellowships from Tribeca Film Institute, the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Sundance Institute.
In a largely unprecedented move for a Hollywood studio, Fox Searchlight acquired her short film Feathers ahead of its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently, Rockwell participated in the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab.
The eight shorts in the NSF19 OPENING NITE program feature documentaries on New York communities, Brooklyn drag culture, and a firefighter’s love of cinema along with narrative stories about immigration, coming of age, sex, and self-pleasure.