13:50 BLOCK 17 CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE - SUPA MODO
Drama, Student Film (USA) 2018
Writer / Director: Ember Crowley
East Coast Premiere
SYNOPSIS: A coming of age story about identity, love and friendship in relation to a young man who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Elvis Presley.
DIRECTOR BIO: Ember Crowley is 17 years old and is a Film major at Northern Arizona University. She has been an intern for both the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival for two years and worked at the Film Noir Film Festival a couple of years ago, which helped create a love for that particular film genre. In 2017, she directed and filmed a black and white film that has been chosen by five different countries to screen at their film festivals: Scotland, Belgium, India, Sweden and Italy as well as five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Austin, Cameron, Colorado Springs and was most recently chosen to screen at Princeton University. Northern Arizona University awarded her their Future Filmmaker Award at their own film festival where she was honored with a certificate and several items from Canon Film. Ember completed a short film for Northland Family Help Center that was themed around the Clothesline Project which brings awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. In 2016, Ember made a film that showcased her school which advocated the value of charter school education and submitted it to The Center For Education Reform. She was awarded a $1,000 grant from them which went directly to the film department at FALA. In 2016 and 2017, she has had two different films selected to showcase to a sold out audience at The FilmBar in Phoenix, a theater which specializes in Independent Film. During the summer of 2017, she completed her first documentary and is currently working on several short films, and has been commissioned for several videography jobs outside of school. In 2018 she was nominated for the Viola Award in the Best Emerging Artist category. Ember is eager to help raise the low percentage rate of successful women directors and plans to continue to advocate for women in film.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: I'm not smooth enough with my own words, so I'll steal a quote from one of the masters, Quentin Tarantino... "I consider myself a student of cinema. It's almost like I am going for my professorship in cinema, and the day I die is the day I graduate. It is a lifelong study."