Friday, February 26, 2021

The Dirt Between My Fingers | Short Film


Shot in Southern Ontario (Canada) by writer-director Joshua Chislett this reflective short film about the meeting of two young men under strange circumstances slowly pulls you in.

Chislett shares the making of the movie was "a personal and experimental piece made with practically zero budget and almost no crew over a few days." He adds, "I wanted to make this feel like watching a fleeting memory from a young gay man's past as he recalls his first love. My hope was to make a film with almost no dialogue to see if we can share a quiet experience with these two as if we are watching from a distance, observing this small piece of the world they live in." The movie stars Jack Parsons and Shawn Vincent. Check it out below!

WATCH: The Dirt Between My Fingers 

 


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