Now in its third year, the Lexus Short Film Series has picked four promising new directors whose short films they will finance. The films will be produced and internationally showcased by The Weinstein Company. The project was launched in 2013 with the stated goal of “supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers.” The four winning filmmakers faced stiff competition this year, having been chosen amongst a group that included close to 4,500 applicants.
Michalik began acting at the age of 18 as Romeo in celebrated director Irina Brooks’ version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliette.” This experience led the young actor to landing starring roles in several TV movies and series. In 2013, Michalik tried going behind the camera making two well received shorts, including “Au Sol,” which he submitted for the contest. He is now prepping his first feature, “Escort Boys.”
Horvitz: “Alexis was able to pull very emotional performances out of his actors with a story that had a simple premise. ‘Au Sol’ is powerful and had me in tears through a lot of it.”
Byoung Gon Moon
Horvitz: “‘Safe’ really resonated with me as a film that very much represented the region. It was super intense and assembled very effectively. It’s a nail biter and had me on the edge of my seat for the last half.”
Horvitz: “Damian’s short ‘Suspended’ has a magical quality to it and looked beautiful. Remember, we also have to keep in mind the tone and feeling of all four films together, as well as the treatments that were submitted for each film. The combination of Damian’s past short and submitted treatment was precisely what the doctor ordered.”
Horvitz: “The style of Pippa’s short ‘Share’ coupled with the ability to tell a current story a whole generation identifies with, showed a singular unique voice and an ideal candidate. She’s super talented and we’re thankful to have found her.”
UPDATE: Byoung Gon Moon has left the LSF competition and has been replaced with Kev Cahill.
[Editor’s Note: This article is part of a partnership between Indiewire and Vimeo in support of the 3rd Annual Lexus Short Films Series. Lexus and The Weinstein Company crowd sourced director submissions from the filmmaking community worldwide for the third series of Lexus Short Films. Click here to view the 2015 winners, and here to view past winners’ videos.]