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

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

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“Leaves on Trees

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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

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

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

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

“This is my graduate thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin.” — Nathan Duncan

Current Status:


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