Private Project

A Figure Lone

While putting the pieces of her life back together, Ella ignores the foreboding circumstances facing her - until she can't.

  • Nana Dakin
  • Marissa Carpio
  • Marissa Carpio
  • Betty Cremmins
  • Robie Madison Park
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Rafal
    Key Cast
  • Jegor Jersov
    Key Cast
  • Marissa Carpio
    Key Cast
  • Jon Reino
  • Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
    Original Music
  • Fenton Li
    Assistant Director
  • Zarif Taufiq
    Production Assistant
  • Chase Kuertz
  • Andreas Beissel
    Production Design
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  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Katra Film Series: Sidebar Edition
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    May 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 9, 2017
    US Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nana Dakin

Nana Dakin is a half-Thai, half-American theatre director who spent her childhood and adolescence moving around internationally. As a result, she is committed to promoting social justice and cross-cultural understanding in her work. She loves to explore complex social and political issues through collaboratively created, highly visual, movement-based productions. She is a core member of B-Floor Theatre, Thailand’s vanguard physical theatre company, with whom she has received critical acclaim for her directorial works. She is currently working towards her MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University.

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Director Statement

As a director I’m driven to investigate universal aspects of the human experience. My desire to do so is deeply connected to the roots of who I am and the experiences of my life. I am half-Thai, half-American, and spent my childhood and adolescence growing up internationally. Besides Thailand and the U.S., I have also lived in Pakistan, France, Tanzania and Switzerland. Having interacted closely with people from many different backgrounds has led me to conclude there are universal needs among humans that transcend culture, race, ethnicity, class and gender. In every work I direct, I strive to identify these human needs with the hope of creating greater empathy and understanding of others, and to inspire audiences to change oppressive situations.

I was drawn to direct “A Figure Lone” because of the self-created psychological oppression the main character, Ella, struggles with. Ella suffers from isolation and loneliness after a break-up, and the film challenges the audience to understand what the cause of it all is. Was it the guy’s fault or was it hers? Is she being over-dramatic or is she really in danger? Does she deserve our sympathy? The visual and musical elements of the film bring us into her emotional world, while her actions and interactions with others leave us wondering whether we should trust Ella at all.

Ultimately, what’s at stake in this film is not “why is Ella hurting?” but “what’s stopping Ella from healing?” The answer to both those questions is “herself.” She is the cause of her unhappiness and is projecting her fears outside of herself. She can only heal and find peace when she conquers the fears within herself. This is a human struggle about how we are both the cause and the cure of our unhappiness. My hope is that by identifying this, viewers will either be motivated to not put themselves in these situations, or to realize they hold the keys to breaking out of it.