About this submission
I'm interested in present-tense storytelling — in filmmaking that places an audience viscerally in a first-person experience. Like so many, I've felt myself flailing statically in the face of the pandemic, and with DARBY HOSKINS, I wanted to make something that encapsulated that anxiety. Something that allowed itself to be messy, unresolved — that got up to lip of catharsis and backed down. Something that rendered its stubborn protagonist helpless — by distractions, intoxication, and self-destruction alike — and yet let her fight against that helplessness. Darby's situation isn't familiar to me; her desire to control the uncontrollable is.