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Project of the Day: In 'Leaves on Trees,' a Nine Year Old Gets Glasses for the First time

By Indiewire | Indiewire November 6, 2013 at 9:00AM

Leaves on Trees is a short fiction film about a myopic 9 year old boy and the adventures that ensue when he gets glasses for the first time.
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"Leaves on Trees"

Tweetable Logline: 

Leaves on Trees is a short fiction film about a myopic 9 year old boy and the adventures that ensue when he gets glasses for the first time.

Elevator Pitch:

Leaves on Trees is a short coming-of-age narrative that follows 9 year old Ira Harris as he navigates a new neighborhood, new peers, and his first set of prescription glasses. The excitement and shock of experiencing 20/20 vision for the first time has him staring into the trees and through his neighbor's window, searching for something he glimpsed days prior but couldn't quite make out. His efforts escalate when some neighborhood kids dare him to enter the neighbor's apartment. Vulnerabilities on display, Ira bucks up to the challenge only to discover a complex and alarming adult world lying within.

Production Team:

Director: Nathan Duncan
Producers: Kelly Ota, Irene Georghiades
Line Producer: Sarah Kolb
Writers: Nathan Duncan and Annie Silverstein
Director of Photography: Tom Rosenberg
Production Designer: Claire White and Allie Lane

Nathan and Annie were collaborators for the acclaimed short film "Spark" which won Best Texas Short at SXSW in 2012 and also screened at Slamdance.

Irene Georghiades has produced several shorts that have been successful on the festival circuit, including "Little Lions" and the most recent project "Sleepless Cities," which will be screening in Austin Film Festival 2013.

About the Production:

"The story of Ira is based on my own experience of getting glasses for the first time and the sudden realization that an entire world existed outside of what I knew.

"In sharing this story with friends, colleagues, and strangers of all ages, I've repeatedly heard (unprompted) of how amazing the clarity of leaves on trees looked after they got glasses. This commonality alone has encouraged me to develop and make this film. Gaining new sight was a defining moment that singlehandedly influenced my connection with moviemaking.

"This is my graduate thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin." -- Nathan Duncan


Current Status:

Pre-production.

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