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by Srimathi Sridhar
July 30, 2012 3:00 PM
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Project of the Day: Short Film 'Aurélia' Explores the Complexities of Teenage Relationships


Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


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An Education meets Amélie.

Elevator Pitch:  

When Aurélia is subjected to the inappropriate behavior of Mark, her mother's alcoholic boyfriend, she begins to take a closer and more critical look into the nature of the relationships around her. The early days of adolescence—using tampons for the first time and exploring her sexuality—are cut short as she is forced into the “grown up” world. Equipped only with the experience and wisdom of a 14-year-old, Aurélia tries to negotiate the complexities of close relationships and social boundaries while balancing a need for both independence from, and the support of, her family.  

Production Team:  

Director: Jade Edwards
DP: Freddy Meyer
Producers: Nathan Waters, R. Jameson Smith, Madalena Hudson, Matthew Snetzko and Garrett P. Fennelly
Production Designer: Sophie Tabet

About the Production:  

Aurélia is about transience; the anxiety, excitement, and realizations that destabilize you ultimately leads to a greater maturity and an understanding of others—and of yourself. I wish to give people a sense of hope with Aurélia: that despite what you endure, if you are able to trust yourself and aspire to love and not dwell on hate, you will stay afloat.

While developing Aurélia, it became clear to me that the distinctly personal can be made universal: my trust in telling this story, of drawing from the experiences of my own adolescence, lets me relate to the experiences of others.

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  • M | August 29, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    I also find it disturbing that people are ignoring the fact this a NOT FOR PROFIT film, that Amy Stein herself is a teacher of photography, that has written a blog entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sharing My Work Online" and most importantly this is a STUDENT film.
    These are students, they are not trying to rip anyone off, steal images or make money. There is also the "right of fair use act" which is used (ALL THE TIME BY ALL STUDENTS) to be able to use image and clips as "visual inspiration", as they cannot use a teaser of their own work as they don't have their own body of work to draw from. They use the clips/images by saying that they inspire them and that they hope to make a film following similar themes. Lets not forget that she had a disclaimer clearly stating all this in her TEASER NOT TRALER.
    It's unbelievable that people could get so agressive when they clearly don't know all the facts. These are students, beginners and first timers. how is s they are being treated like complete criminals.

  • S | August 15, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    I am very disturbed that this person has just won 40,000 on indiegogo, by making a trailer made up of other peoples work, and stealing the banner image from a photographer without her knowledge. Yes the trailer looked great. It should have because most of the imagery was taken from the 2004 Australian film Somersault directed by Cate Shortland. This film won every single feature film award—13 in total—at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards. Jade Courtney Edwards idea for Aurelia is even based on this movie. "When Aurélia is subjected to the inappropriate behavior of Mark, her mother's alcoholic boyfriend, she begins to take a closer and more critical look into the nature of the relationships around her." now the first lines of the film Somersault. "Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is a pretty teenager who leaves home after getting caught making out with her mother's boyfriend."

  • L | August 14, 2012 9:11 AMReply

    To clarify my earlier comment, the poster image comes from here:

    Much of the trailer footage comes from here:

    If this is just a director's "look book," showing the general mood of what she hopes to accomplish, that's fine. But presenting it as a "trailer" makes it seem as if this is her actual work.

  • L | August 14, 2012 8:14 AMReply

    I'd be more convinced of the filmmaker's talents if she had used one of her own images for the poster, instead of "borrowing" the wolf photo from a well-known New York artist. The indiegogo site has a trailer made from footage of other people's movies. I don't see anything created by the filmmaker herself. Am I wrong?

  • Daisy | August 3, 2012 5:48 AMReply

    This is such a clever, interesting and hugely important subject matter. I can't wait to see this film. It seems the director, Jade Edwards has taken a personal approach, drawing on things within her own adolescence which is always the key to a brilliant story that people can universally relate to. Very excited to see this!!!

  • Mark Thomas | August 3, 2012 3:04 AMReply

    Sounds like an awesome premise. I'd like to see it get made. Dig the source footage or whatever. Excited to see what you do with it.

  • JAde's Husband | August 3, 2012 2:56 AMReply

    This movie looks amazing. I would donate. I love french wolves.

  • Greg P | August 3, 2012 3:02 AM

    Well you're clearly biased. Still this project sounds amazing, I would love to see it made. There are so many movies being marketed as female-driven and game-changing--Bridesmaids, Bachelorette, etc--but they all seem to be aligning themselves with the tropes of bro-centric filmmaking. It is always exciting to see a film unafraid to take on the point of view of a young woman and her coming of age. Please help this become a reality.