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January 10, 2012 10:08 AM
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Project of the Day: A Love Triangle Complicated by Genetic Engineering

Connor Hurley's "The Naturalist"
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"The Naturalist"

Tweetable Logline:

A love-triangle complicated by sexuality and a future domineered by genetic engineering.

Elevator Pitch:

Simon and Oliver are longterm partners who stay together despite pressures from their oppressive, genetically-altered society. Enter Eden, the daughter of a wealthy geneticist who has been in love with Simon for years. Eden offers Simon an escape in the form of a syringe filled with worms carrying a virus that will edit Simon's DNA, altering his sexuality.

In the end, the short film is an anti-Adam and Eve, where instead of our apple we have worms, and instead of being cast out of Eden, Simon is drawn in.

Production Team:

Director: Connor Hurley
Producer: Siena Brown, Max Tromba
Writer: Connor Hurley
Director of Photography: Michael Crommett
Editor: Connor Hurley, Ema Yamazaki
Executive Producers: Karen McGee, John Mckitrick, Neil & Lucy Hurley, Paulette Chapman

About the Production:

"When insulated with like-minded people, it is often a sudden realization to find that sexual orientation is the subject of intense debate. The Bachmanns and their like tend to throw around the notion of “choice” in regards to sexuality. The “choice” idea has implications neither side can definitively argue. Are variations in sexuality caused by genetic, psychological, or environmental factors? Is human sexuality strictly defined or more fluid? In this film, our protagonist must weigh his survival, his lover, and his dignity in a short film that will turn the notion of “choice” on its head." -- Connor Hurley

Current Status:

In production.

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Filmmaker Website
Kickstarter Page

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3 Comments

  • anonymous | January 11, 2012 3:37 PMReply

    Based on the preview alone, it seems clear that the depth of this short is as powerful as the cinematography is beautiful. Hurley is one to watch!

  • contrarian | January 11, 2012 1:14 PMReply

    tightly structured, unnervingly realistic. very excited to see the full short.

  • A Fan | January 11, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    Can't wait to see this film. Gives one a lot to think about regarding issues of the day.