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Watch: This AFI Grand Jury-Winning Short Film Reinvents the Video Diary

Watch: This AFI Grand Jury-Winning Short Film Reinvents the Video Diary

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Roger Hayn’s short film, “Introducing: Bobby,” casts a long and lonely shadow on the plight of a new generation of Americans: the millennials. Told from the perspective of a video docu-diary, the 15-minute short film probes what it is to be a debt-ridden ex-con in today’s economical climate.

The eponymous character, Bobby, is listlessly searching for a way to achieve the normalcy of an ordinary middle-class individual, from financial security to familial love, friendship, opportunity and a sense of belonging. Winner of the 2012 AFI Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action Short, the SXSW-selected film is a reflective, nostalgic and touching exploration of a wayward young man’s dream for a better life and a stable future, told through the somewhat juvenile process of auditioning for a reality television show.

Since being featured in multiple festivals and screenings, Hayn has started work on his first feature, “Congratulations Debby,” which he describes as being a story about “a 55-year-old woman caring for her mentally impaired lover attempts to share the news of her pregnancy amongst friends and family.”

“Introducing: Bobby” just had its online premiere thanks to Kentucker Audley’s NoBudge website. Head over there for more information on the short film, which you can watch in its entirety in the video above.

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