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An alien being learns about trust the hard way.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
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    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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    Smartphone (iPhone 5)
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

I walked by this sad-looking makeshift doll next to a trash bin one evening, and decided on impulse to grab some footage and some stills. I got to wondering how it ended up at the base of these office towers, in the trash, and came up with this little micro story. Nominally, this experimental film is about an alien being learning the hard way about trust, but it really is a metaphor for the larger issue of all beings who are valued when they are useful, and discarded when they are not.