The Algebra of Need

An unnamed woman in Buffalo for the weekend to shoot a movie that is never made meets a unnamed man whom she may or may not know from some time before. Unwilling to reveal anything about themselves, or perhaps having forgotten how to communicate at all, they instead recite pieces of classic art house cinema dialogue, fragments from Burroughs and Sartre, and a series of non sequiturs. A homage to 60s French New Wave, European Art-House Cinema and American Underground film - "The Algebra of Need" plays with space and time, continuity and the conventions of film-making and story.

  • David Williams
  • David Williams
  • David Williams
  • Jillian Geurts
    Key Cast
  • Alexander Sloan McBryde
    Key Cast
  • William Schweikert
    Director of Photography
  • Aaron Weese
  • Frederic Mauerhofer
  • Charles Carter
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    drama, art house, parody, experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 24, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic Pocket Camera
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST

    Official Selection
  • The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

    Winner - Jury Prize
  • LA Underground Film Forum

    Honorable Mention
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television & Video Fest Awards

  • Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards

    Silver Award Winner
  • Martinique Film Festival

    Best Feature Film
  • International Independent Film Awards

    Honorable Mention
  • Buffalo International Film Festival
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    Golden Bison WNY Feature
Director Biography - David Williams

Born. Making Movies. Staring into Mirrors.

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Director Statement

Fuck Continuity.