Beta Vulgaris

A medieval beet farmer must cut off his testicles in order to save his dying daughter's life.

  • Neil Ferron
  • Neil Ferron
  • Alexandra Dennis-Renner
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, Medieval
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - AFI Conservatory
Director Biography - Neil Ferron

Neil Ferron is a writer/director from Seattle. At age 5, his dad exposed him to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. At age 9, his mom showed him Silence of the Lambs. His work is forever an attempt to merge the ridiculous, the terrifying, and--thanks to 17 years of Catholic schooling--a need to overcome shame to find vulnerability.

Neil has won accolades in film, theater, and fiction. His play, “Fabulous Prizes,” received Critics’ Picks from The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, as well as a nomination for The Stranger Genius Award. His music video for Shabazz Palace’s “Shine a Light” was premiered by Pitchfork and Stereogum. His work has been described as “wonderfully surreal” (Sub Pop), “shocking, horrific and funny” (Rolling Stone), and a “Ph.D testing of a calculated hypothesis on what ‘works’ on the human consciousness” (Seattle Weekly).

Neil is currently a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

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