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Burning Child

Burning Child follows a father on the night after his son’s death. In his grief, he becomes fixated with the boy’s broken wind up doll, but the more he tries to fix it, the more he is forced to let go of what he can’t live without.

  • Kelsey S Brewer
  • Kelsey S Brewer
  • Andrew Moon
  • Kelsey S Brewer
  • Brit Bucklee
  • Kurt Smith
    Key Cast
  • Trae Tellam
    Key Cast
  • Bernard Zeiger
  • Michael Swaigen
  • Matthew Puccini
  • Mark Lukenbill
    Sound Design
  • Pedro Curvello
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kelsey S Brewer

Kelsey Brewer is an independent filmmaker based in New York and a graduate of NYU Tisch's film program. Her first short film, Sound of Silence, was made with a cell phone camera and a $200 budget and premiered in multiple film festivals in California in 2012.

Kelsey has directed and production designed two original music videos in recent months. "In Tandem," in collaboration with dance collective The YoMoCo and artists Sunflwr and Amy Leon, and "Brand New" by Claire Khodara, in collaboration with Zac Posen. Both are available on vimeo.

She is currently scripting her next film, Contortionist, and continuing to make music videos and short films whenever possible.

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Director Statement

For me, the power of film lies in its ability to communicate the abstract, the intangible, the incommunicable, and the unreal. I want my stories to resonate, to feel truthful to my viewer, not because they're about what we see in the world, but because they're about what we think and feel. My love of surreal aesthetics and a strong background in visual art make me the artist I am, and helps me visualize this inner reality for others to experience.