I chose to tell the story of Blunt Civility because I wanted to create a non-traditionally vulnerable movie about identity and ancestral curses. Growing up, I didn't always have a home to go to and I bounced from house to house, staying with friends and even a women's shelter with my mother. As an adult finally in therapy, I'm uncovering many repressed memories of my parents and childhood that have me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself. Recontextualizing where I come from has truly helped me figure out where I am now and who I'm going to become.
Tristen Stafford is a filmmaker from Queens NY. In 2021, his first feature film "Pretenders" won Best Feature Comedy at Cinequest and was distributed through Gravitas Ventures.
Currently, he's finishing post-production on the short film "Blunt Civility" and is in pre-production for his Sophomore feature following a teenage trumpet prodigy, "Brass Heart." more...
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