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Postmodern Love

In this sci-fi dark comedy, lonely Kaitlyn travels back in time in an effort to save her love life.

  • Michael Castro
  • Michael Castro
  • Malcolm Winter
  • Michael Castro
  • Jenny Singer
    Key Cast
  • Azel Kahan
    Key Cast
  • Eddie Glass
    Key Cast
  • Malcolm Winter
    Key Cast
  • Ian Wong
    Key Cast
  • Julia Geromin
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Michael Castro

Michael Castro is an amateur writer, director, and editor born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Michael has always been attracted to storytelling and his interest in film-making was sparked at a young age by his father’s personal love of movies. Finding college extremely limiting, Michael decided to produce his own original content with the help of his friends, writing and directing the science fiction comedy Postmodern Love.

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Director Statement

Postmodern Love originated from three different sources.
First, my friend Malcolm Winter and I used to make short films in high school. One of these projects was called "Dates and Time" which introduced the time travelling duo of Scotty (played by Malcolm) and Mac (played by myself). The plot to that film (briefly) saw Scotty trying to get over a recent breakup by travelling back in time and attempting to court several famous historical women. This film was a favorite among the two of us and till this day remains a running gag.
Secondly, I keep a list of story ideas on my computer. Some take up entire pages, others are a simple as a sentence. One that always stuck out to me was this idea of "mundane time travelling". How if time travel was possible someone like me wouldn’t immediately think to travel to the far past or the far future. No, they’d travel maybe a day or week into the past and make sure they went to the gym or something. I found this idea to be hilarious and kind of sad in a way. You are bestowed with the magical gift of time travel and THIS is what you use it for?! A short film idea was in there, I just didn’t have it.
Finally, one day I’m sitting in the park reading (much like Kaitlyn) killing time before my doctor's appointment. I started walking toward the doctor's office when this really cute redhead walks by me, looking me up and down, smiling. This can’t be happening, right? I’m imagining this whole thing, right? So, I immediately text my family "oh god guys I think I just got checked out!" and my sister and brother’s insults luckily kept my ego in check. Later I thought about if I was to repeat my actions the next week (leave the park at the exact same time, walk down that exact same street) maybe I'd be able to find her again. That'd be a cute story, right? Then this almost "Groundhog Day" narrative formed in my head about someone repeating their actions daily in a desperate attempt to find what they think could be true love. Okay but how would they break this loop? With a time machine of course!
So Postmodern Love was born. I wrote the film in about a week. I changed the main character to a woman and added Scotty and Mac as the characters that provide Kaitlyn with her time machine. I recruited my friends and family as cast/crew and found two actresses from for main roles. Postmodern Love is my first completed project and it’s almost surreal now that it’s finished. I’ve learned a lot and feel as if any future projects I’ll work on will be easier as a result.