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Watch: Exclusive 'Melville' Short Film is a Stunning Collision of the Past and Present

Watch: Exclusive 'Melville' Short Film is a Stunning Collision of the Past and Present
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Short Film Tips Texas filmmaker James M. Johnston wowed audiences at this year's SXSW Film Festival with "Melville," a 15-minute character study that explores a man's unremarkable present and expressionistic past.  The narrative short is Johnston's latest turn as writer and director after "Knife," "Receive Bacon" and "Merrily, Merrily." Johnston also produced the acclaimed indies "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Listen Up Philip." Starring Rodney "F.Stokes" Lucas, Big Cliff Watkins, Ammie Leonards and Phyllis Cicero, the short centers around Marcus (Lucas), a distracted and quiet adult who spends his days withdrawn from life, lashing out at strangers and unable to sleep. When he runs into an old friend from his past, Marcus begins to reflect on his better days when he never had a problem expressing anything. Johnston's "Melville" is also headed...
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