Private Project

Unplugged

Unplugged tells the story of Kid O’pry, an adolescent video game addict who spends his days holed up in his room. When the power unexpectedly goes out, Kid is forced to leave his room to find his dad, Tom. After some father and son bonding time, failing to fix a generator to get their power back on, and retreating to their rooms for a bit, Kid and Tom eventually end the day spending time together outside.

  • Joshua Dufour
    Director
  • Joshua Dufour
    Writer
  • Joshua Dufour
    Producer
  • Julie Thomas
    Producer
  • Charlie Gill
    Key Cast
  • Jim Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 16, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Joshua Dufour

Joshua Dufour was born on February 23, 1995, in Drexel Hill, PA. He is the son of two Haitian immigrants and has an older brother and a younger sister. After growing up in West Philadelphia for the first five years of his life, Joshua then moved to Mesa, Arizona with his then single mother and older brother. It was there that his younger sister was born. After three years, he moved back to Pennsylvania with new members of his family, and has resided in Drexel Hill ever since.
Joshua’s passion is the arts in all forms. At age 8, he joined the Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia and sang with them for five years. He was a member of his high schools concert and chamber choirs, the concert band and wind ensemble, the marching band and the drumline, as well as his high school’s musical theatre productions, performed at their very own Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. For his work in theatre, he has been nominated for the Cappie Award for Best Male Vocalist in the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as Best Male Critic. Joshua was also a member of the PMEA District, Region, and All-State choruses for three years in a row, placing 3rd in the state for the baritone voice part, in his senior year. He also enjoys filmmaking in its many forms, crossfit, dancing, reading, and making people laugh.
Joshua is currently enrolled in his junior year at Ithaca College, studying Cinema and Photography with a concentration in Cinema Production and a minor in Music. In addition to writing, directing, and producing his first short film Unplugged, Joshua has also edited a short film entitled Reflection. He is a member of the Martin Luther King Scholars Program, a dynamic learning community, developing future leaders and global citizens who are committed to promoting King’s legacy of social justice and equality in their personal and professional lives, engaging in public services, building bridges to other communities, and educating others with their international perspective. At the College, Joshua is also a member of the School of Music’s Choir, and a member of their Madrigal Singers. He performs regularly for awards ceremonies and events.
As a first-generation Haitian-American, Joshua believes a sense of self and culture is extremely important and he makes an effort to keep his Haitian roots intact. He is a firm believer that diversity is crucial to human development and that people must share their experiences in order to gain awareness of others. He dreams of becoming a director, producer, actor, and singer. His hope is to use his artistic voice to shine light on the social injustices of the world, spread awareness of race, culture, and ethnicity through artistic mediums, and give back to his brothers and sisters in Haiti, a country that is struggling, but always pushing forward.

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Director Statement

“Family is important and acts as a foundation for the rest of our lives. It’s important to know where you came from as well as make eternal bonds with the people who raise you. Technology has brought humanity many benefits but has disconnected people from each other. In creating Unplugged, I want to show people that joy and love can be given from the people around you, instead of by technology.” -- Joshua Dufour