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Five years is too long between gigs for director Derek Franson. The director of Comforting Skin is back with a proof of concept for a new film called Rue. We insist you take a few minutes to watch it. The stand-alone short story was produced to introduce the wraith-like Rue creature and the mythology behind it, a precursor to the feature film Derek has in development. Enraged by an unseemly love affair between best friend and teacher, a student carelessly awakens a wraith that feeds on its victims' most shameful regrets. All we can say after watching this is we want more. What tremendous nightmare fuel it is! There is a collection of stills from the small production below, as well...
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A couple of years ago Vancouver director Derek Franson landed on the scene with an impressive debut. Comforting Skin (review) didn't gather much steam beyond the festival circuit but it's a movie I really liked and which has come up here and there in conversation over the years, in part because the effects were so impressive but most often because of the subject matter. I can't help but think that if it came out now, Franson's movie would likely do far better as it touches on the cultural zeitgeist of body positivity and empowerment.
I hadn't really considered what Franson was up to until last week when his latest short film was brought to my attention.
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2 items from 2016
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