Every year, SXSW’s film competition sees new directors vying for attention, buzz, and possible breakthroughs, with recent triumphs including “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Short Term 12.” This year, writer/directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers hope to be among the new breakouts with their comedy “Fort Tilden.”
The film stars Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty as a pair of women entering their quarter-life crises. The two join a pair of cute guys for a day at Fort Tilden beach to avoid their responsibilities.
“Fort Tilden” is the duo’s feature-length debut, but the two each have an attention-grabbing short on the festival circuit. Bliss’s short “Three, two” will play at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival, while Charles’s “Oysters Rockefeller” played the Sarasota Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, and the L.A. Shorts Fest over the course of 2012 and 2013.
Now, “Oysters Rockefeller” is making its online debut on Indiewire in time for the March 8 SXSW premiere of “Fort Tilden.” The 12-minute dark comedy concerns Gibbon, a young man raised by his overprotective mother and aunt. Gibbon has never been allowed outside, but he meets Lucy and falls in love on the anniversary of his grandfather’s death.